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The campus debates race. . . two
ambassadors debate Vietnam . . .
how to stay young forever. . .
a cavalcade of Olympians comes
home . . . quitting smoking
through exercise . . . and more.
Here & Now
Carrying the Mail
Water Polo's Got it All
By Suzanne Clark 'gg
The Other Seniors
By Chad Gaits
Mutual Contempt by [effShesol
Reviewed by Stephen Fox '71 Ph.D.
Black Dog of Fate by Peter Bala
Ret/iewed by Barbara Bejoian '$4
Finally. . .
Byjocelyn Hale '85
Mystery in Stone and Sand 30
The Jordanian desert reveals its secrets to a Brown archaeologist and
her students. Photographs by John Foraste. Text by Norman Boucher.
Filling the Canvas
A group of aspiring artists descends upon New York to learn why
they should - or shouldn't -join the art world. By Torri Still
In 1 90s, David Rohde '90 won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting
in Bosnia. Now he's a rookie reporter for the NewYork Times.
By Norman Boucher
Brown's Marcus Aurelius celebrates ninety uneventful years. The
history or his Roman twin is more convoluted. By Brian Floca \)i
An unlikely pairing of professor and student reinvents a course
and may help to revitalize a neighborhood. By Pamela Petro '82
Portrait: Clinton's Budgeteer 56
Economist Janet Yellen '67 has an office 111 the White House and
the car of the President. By Alexis Simendinger
( ovi r: Dakhilallah Qublan, a [ordanian worker,
pauses at the Brown excavation at Petra.
Photograph by John Foraste
Volume 98 • Number 3
Here & Now
As I read sociology pro-
fessor Ann Dill's de-
scription of her great-aunt (see
In Class, page 24), I laughed out
loud. The remarkable old
woman she described — "sharp
as a tack," in her nineties con-
tinuing to drink, smoke, and
manage a cattle ranch in the
Midwest - reminded me in
spirit, if not in the particulars, of
my own great-aunt.
An Isek Dineson character
once said, "Women, when they
are old enough to have done
with the business of being
women, and can let loose then-
strength, must be the most pow-
erful creatures in the world." On both
sides of my family, women have lived to
very old ages, and several of them have
been powerful forces indeed. One of
these was my great-aunt Esther. Widowed
as a young woman, she moved back into
the antique family homestead in a sleepy
Connecticut hill town and worked in a
bank while raising two children.
In retirement, her domestic obliga-
tions discharged, Esther came into her
own. She was an enthusiastic traveler, dri-
ving to Florida each fall in her ancient
Mercedes and vacationing in Europe and
the Canary Islands. Blunt and funny in
a dry, Yankee way, she was a flirt to the
end, playing cards and going out dancing
until her legs failed her. Relatives were
bemused by Esther's string of boyfriends
- balding Romeos with hearing aids,
devoted as dogs, some of whom she trav-
eled and even cohabited with as late as
her eighties. As .1 young woman, 1 was
impressed: Aunt Esther was cool!
I last saw Esther when she was in her
nineties, a few years before she died. She
came to Rhode Island on a balmy June
day and presided over our backyard picnic
table in enormous sunglasses and a nun-
bus ot white hair, Still droll and charming
ami, yes, sharp as a tack. She reminded
something Carolyn Heilbrun once
wrote: "It is perhaps only in old age, cer-
tainly past fifty, that women can stop
being female impersonators.
Age can free us to behave as we wish.
This freedom is at once tantalizing and
frightening; many women are not accus-
tomed to envisioning themselves as
strong, unconventional, or (in the best
sense) selfish. Yet I think we are intrigued
by and attracted to vital, idiosyncratic
elderly women such as Ann Dill's great-
aunt, or mine. From them we learn - as
Dill's students are learning in her course,
Aging and the Quality of Life - that old
age isn't all about rocking chairs and
grandchildren, charming as both of those
institutions may be. We become powerful
creatures when we realize that, given a
modicum of health and financial security,
old age can be as replete with challenges
and brio as we make it.
Anne Hinman DiFfiLY '73
Volume 98, No. 3
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Annie Tsui Ogata '84, Stacy Palmer '82,
Ellen Rosen '79, Eric Schrier '73,
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Profile in Courage
Doug Ulman's courage in his tight against
cancer ("Going for the Goal," September/
October) is an example of cancer survivors
turning potential tragedy into a meaningful
Despite the current ease with which
we all say the word cancer, in many peo-
ple's minds it remains a whispered word.
Doug's organization will prove to be a
tremendous support for young men and
women who survive cancer and feel un-
able to tell the world. Indeed, it was Peter
Findlay '85 who enlightened many in
my generation at Brown with his group
independent study project, Understanding
Cancer. The course grew in one semes-
ter from about fifteen students to 180.
Although he died of leukemia in 1983,
Peter still inspires many of us, as I'm sure
Doug's spirit and energy do now.
As a pediatric oncologist, I would also
like to use Doug's example to remind
readers that early detection can lead to
the cure of many cancers with minimal
treatment and side effects. The value
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of monthly breast self-exams for women
and monthly testicular self-exams for
men cannot be overestimated. If some-
thing appears unusual, have it examined
by a physician. Letting masses or moles
wait too long can be deadly.
Congratulations to Doug Ulman and
all survivors whose experience and example
benefit both those surviving cancer and
the rest of us.
Mark P. Atlas '83
Stony Brook, N.Y
Ttie writer is director of pediatric stem-cell
transplantation and assistant professor of pedi-
atrics at the Children's Medical Center at
Stony Brook (New York). - Editor
The Internet's Potential
Thank you for covering the Internet
phenomenon ("Plug-In Utopias," Sep-
tember/October). I use and write about
technology as the vice president of online
research and development for a health-
care publishing company m Santa Barbara,
California. I'm also the executive editor
ot Medicine on the Net, a monthly print
publication that helps health-care practi-
tioners sort out the Internet.
Despite the wonderful aspects of the
Net (I'm able to telecommute full-time
from my home in upstate New York, for
example), I warn my readers and audiences
that the Internet is not a panacea. In tele-
vision ternunology, the Net is about 10
percent Masterpiece Tlieater and 90 percent
However, it is also a useful way of
sharing information. I was disappointed
that author David Shenk '88 failed to
address the potential of intranets (internal
networks that use Internet technology to
share information) to filter computer-based
knowledge in schools. Imagine taking the
ease of the Internet interface and applying
it to very limited networks, either within
one school or in linking several schools in
a region. With intranets, teachers can con-
tinue to do what they do well - filter
information - while taking advantage of
the best aspects ot Internet technology.
No technology is a magic bullet, and
if we forget our poetry in the pursuit ot
techno-utopia, that is a sad development
indeed. It is up to parents and educators
to approach the Net as a tool, nothing
more. The Internet and intranets will be
as good or as bad as the people who teach
others how to use them.
Jennifer Wayne-Doppke '<!>>'
Port Byron, N.Y.
A Tougaloo Family
Here is another Tougaloo-Brown con-
nection ("The Tougaloo Connection,"
September/October). The Mansion was
the birthplace in 1876 of my mother-in-
law, Marion Darling Wentworth. Her
father, Leander Darling, was sent by the
American Missionary Society to be
Tougaloo's second (I think) president. We
still have letters written to him by his
former students after he returned north.
Marion was also the grandmother of
Frances Marion Wentworth '74.
Lillian Hicock Wentworth '33
The Levy File, Amended
Aaron KurilofT's otherwise excellent pro-
file of me ("The Levy File," September/
October) took my wife.Valerie - to whom
I've been married forty-one years - by
surprise when she read about "Levy and
his wife, Natalie" deciding to move to
Prague in the 1960s. I've assured her that
I wasn't leading a double life, but I'd like
old friends to know that I was then and
still am married to the former Valerie
Wladaver (NYU '53, master's from Mid-
dlebury '55), and I have never taken
responsibility for "Natalie's" bed and board.
It also would have been nice if Aaron
had mentioned that the action that trig-
gered most of the events described or
alluded to was the Soviet-led invasion of
Czechoslovakia in 1968.
I should add that Rowboat to Prague,
the book that cost my wife, daughters,
and me a home as well as twenty years'
involuntary absence from Prague, is still
in print from Second Chance Press. Sag
Harbor, New York.
Alan Lcry V>
Prague, Czech Republic
4 • I A N II A H V / I- L B R U A R Y I 9 9 8
Bill Jordy's Amazing Gifts
I read with sadness that William Jordy,
professor emeritus of art history, passed on
in early August (Obituaries, September/
October). I'm sure that I am not alone in
saying that we have lost a great scholar,
an inspiring educator, and a gentle spirit.
The single smartest thing I did at
Brown was to sign up for Jordy's modern
architecture course as a freshman. He
opened up a world to me with his lucid,
marvelously crafted lectures. I took every
course he offered, along with a gaggle
of fellow "Jordy groupies." He continu-
ally enhanced the gift he first gave us: the
love of architecture and history. Beyond
the lecture hall, Jordy was a kind, accessi-
ble mentor who took great interest in the
aspirations of his students.
In the last lecture ot each term, Jordy
would deliver his magnum opus. It was
not just an overview of the territory
we'd covered in the course, but a wonder-
ful composition in which he reintroduced
major themes, interwove new strains of
thought, and built toward a great finale.
As Jordy approached the lecture's end, he
would step off the podium and, still speak-
ing, move up the aisle, mesmerizing us
until, with a final sentence, he would slip
out the door. And he left us there on our
feet, applauding him and his amazing gifts.
Barbara Liiskey I Veinreich '80
New York City
While I admire Geri Carr Nelson's ('51)
enthusiasm for gardening and her appreci-
ation of the beauty ot wildflowers ("Those
Glorious Natives," Mail, September/Octo-
ber), her definition of native plants con-
cerns me. She considers native plants to
be "those which do well here untended."
Under this definition, a number of
attractive wild plants that are wreaking
havoc on ecosystems all over the country
would be considered native. Purple loose-
strife is a beautiful flower that decimates
the New England wetland areas it invades,
creating a dense monoculture that other
plants cannot grow in and that animals
cannot feed on. Melaleuca is slowly de-
stroying the Florida Everglades by forming
dense tangles that literally suck produc-
tive swamplands dry, and here in California
the introduced eucalyptus trees are doing
just a bit too well on their own, crowding
out truly native plants.
I think there is a fine line between
plants that "do well untended" and an
invasive exotic species that can seriously
impair an entire ecosystem. We do not
know yet which plants will simply survive
in a new place and which will dominate.
Until we do, it would behoove us to
plant our gardens with plants that truly
belong to our area and to be very careful
about how we define "native plants."
Brian R. Mitchell 'gj
Reflecting on Brown five years out, I
am surprised to find my undergraduate
experience still strongly at the center of
my self-definition. I have run through
a couple of careers and helped bring two
small souls into the world, but still it is
echoes of my research that make me feel
most alive. It is the poetry I learned, the
songs I sang in choir, the debates that
raged between me and a tattered wall of
books - dreams on loan from the Rock -
that spur my imagination.
You don't really appreciate Brown
until you find that the adult world you
were preparing tor is full ot redundancy
and disappointing heroes. At Brown,
purity ot purpose is as close as your next
lecture. Thanks for the basis for a lifetime
Ken Murphy 'g2
Of the letters on the Adam Lack [sexual
misconduct] case printed by the BAM
last year, one is as significant as it is easily
overlooked: a six-line expression ot dis-
gust over Brown's prosecution of Lack,
concluding: "I am enraged and ashamed
that I graduated from Brown" ("20/20
Vision," Mail, May). I join in the senti-
ment, especially in light ot the praises lav-
ished upon our past president, Vartan
Gregorian, in the July BAM.
Certainly the budget is sound and the
endowment growing. Yet on Gregorian's
watch, Brown succumbed to every excess
of political correctness, retaining, upon
his departure, only a shadow of its former
sense and decency. How ironic of the
BAM to note - given Gregorian's silence
on the Lack case - that in matters "regard-
ing controversial, high-profile situations"
the "beliefs and opinions [of the president]
must inform every public statement and
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news release issued" ("Mission Accom-
plished," July). How ironic of you, on
the facing page, to highlight a quote from
former Professor Martha Nussbaum to
the effect that "when social injustice oc-
curred on campus, [Gregorian] walked
out and addressed the students personally."
While Gregorian remained silent, a
ruined Adam Lack returned to Iowa and to
heartbroken parents. Incoming President
Gordon Gee, as his first official act, should
pardon and absolve Adam Lack of all
charges and punishments, apologize to him
publicly, punish those who participated in
his debacle, and provide him with what-
ever support he requires, including physical
protection to resume a normal life at
Brown. President Gee should, further, dis-
band the University Disciplinary Council,
reclaiming at least one sector of the acad-
emic universe from the wasteland (and
abnegation of administrative responsibility)
that is children judging children. President
Gee should also rid his administration
of the ideologues and facilitators without
whose participation the Lack tragedy
would itself have been impossible.
Gee, in sum, should send forth the word
that political correctness is dead at Brown.
In so doing, he would provide a sorely
needed example throughout academe.
Jeffrey M. Dublin '71
New York City
Jeffrey Duban is continuing his nasty attacks
on President Gregorian and Brown Uni-
versity, this time in the Providence Journal-
Bulletin and the Brown Daily Herald [which
printed letters similar to the one above].
It embarrasses me as a fellow alumnus and
retired faculty member to read such
totally undeserved and insulting garbage.
It is clear that Mr. Duban either has not
studied the published information on
the Adam Lack case or is committed to a
philosophy in which male students are
free to engage in sexual misconduct with-
out hindrance or consequence.
The administrators whom Mr. Duban
seeks to have fired are particularly fine
individuals, dedicated to the well-being
of students and willing to make the major
effort - and incur the very real risks -
involved in administering and improving
procedures for handling cases of sexual
assault and other alleged offenses. Acade-
mic institutions across the country are
struggling with these complex problems.
We need to be patient and to applaud the
administrators, faculty, and students in-
volved in refining the disciplinary system,
and refrain from injecting our own polit-
ical ideologies into their attempts to
make progress. Mr. Duban's approach is
that of the mean-spirited ideologue who
cares nothing about being constructive
but wishes only to demean those who
disagree with his views.
Philip J. Bray '48
The writer is Hazard Professor oj Physics,
Emeritus. - Editor
Stanford Alumna Reacts
Vartan Gregorian is quoted as saying,
"Brown should never have an inferiority
complex with our sister institutions. To
me, Brown is great." ("Mission Accom-
plished," July). On the other hand, Scott
Upton '98 indicates ("The Transfer,"
Studentside, September/October) that
Brown can only be great at the expense of
its sister institutions. The latter is untrue,
and it is also an unflattering misrepresen-
tation of what Brown truly is.
I fail to understand both Mr. Upton's
and the B.-lAfs apparent insecurity about
Chelsea Clinton's choice of Stanford tor
her college experience and their implica-
tion that Ms. Clinton's choice reflects
poorly on Brown. Furthermore, I am
disheartened by Mr. Upton's need to mis-
represent academics at Stanford in his
desire to reinforce Brown's merits.
Many students do have wonderfully
rewarding experiences at Stanford. Dur-
ing my five years at Stanford, I filled my
schedule with seminars and forged close
relationships with my professors, both
through classes and through the residential
system. I encountered many "teachers
who took great interest in what I was
learning" and who "learned our names."
My experiences at Stanford do not in any
way dimmish the equally rewarding expe-
riences that my husband (Brad D. Simons
'85, '91 Ph.D., '92 M.D) had at Brown.
This fall thousands of college freshmen
began their postsecondary educations.
Many find themselves in stimulating and
rewarding environments other than Brown.
Brown is great, and so are many other
universities in America.
Julie A.M. Simons
Key Biscavne, Fla.
Author Amends Review
Most authors do not comment on reviews
of their books that are as generous 111
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their praise as yours was of my book Ris-
ingTide ("Of Time and the River," Books,
September/October). In this case, how-
ever, and at the risk ot seeming to want to
write the review myself, I think it's appro-
priate tor me to say something.
The review discussed only the writing
and the narrative, and entirely omitted
any mention of how this great natural dis-
aster (the flood inundated the homes of
roughly o.S percent of the nation's popu-
lation, not the S percent stated in the
review) made any difference in American
history. In fact, the flood left a significant
legacy on national politics, demographics,
race relations, and the environment.
First, it created the presidential candi-
dacy of Herbert Hoover, who was then
secretary ot commerce and put in charge
of feeding and rehabilitating 700,000
refugees. Hoover used the media, which
put the flood in headlines for weeks, to
leapfrog over his competitors.
Second, paradoxically, even while cre-
ating Hoover's candidacy, the flood helped
prepare the way for the New Deal by
redefining the relationship of the federal
government with both states and individual
Third, the Great Mississippi Flood cre-
ated a surge of migration of African Amer-
icans out of the South. This migration
began in earnest during and immediately
after World War I but nearly doubled in the
1920s before tailing precipitously in the
1930s. A major factor in this increase was
Fourth, the treatment of refugees and
Hoover's behavior led to a breach between
national black political leaders and the
Republican Party, helping to prepare the
shift of black voters to the Democrats.
Fifth, the decision by New Orleans
leaders to dynamite the levee and flood
their rural neighbors combined with the
economic devastation of central Louisiana
to bring about the economic and politi-
cal decline of the city. The action by New
Orleans also helped elect Huey Long gov-
ernor and, even more, helped him escape
the effort to impeach him soon after he
Sixth, the flood caused a 180-degree re-
versal in engineering policies toward rivers.
We arc still living with these policies today.
These are not insignificant theses.
None was even mentioned in the review.
While I appreciate your reviewer's kind
words about the quality of the writing,
I believe some discussion of the substance
of the book was warranted.
John M. Barry. '68
The photographs and reports from the
45th reunion in the September/October
issue were particularly interesting. I had
been sorting through an old box of pho-
tos, and I found one that amused me (see
above). It was taken in 1932 at Gaspee
Point in Warwick, and it is of my mother,
myselt (lett), and a neighbor, Selma Cokely
Selma and I were friends as we grew
up, and ultimately we graduated together
in 1952. Possibly this is the earliest photo-
graph of two '52 classmates extant, ex-
cluding, of course, siblings.
Miles Cunat's letter notwithstanding,
some ot us old coots still do read the BAM.
Edward II.' Powell '52
Alumni Respond to Cunat
Miles E. Cunat '52 ("Low- Visibility Class-
note," Mail, September/October) laments
the fact that he was not inundated with
messages from his 600-plus classmates in
response to an item about him in the
December 1996 BAM. Only three class-
mates contacted him.
Cunat's "irrefutable conclusion" was
that "huge numbers of older alumni are
not reading the BAM."
Another conclusion might be that
597-plus classmates read the article but did
not deign to write, call, or tax Mr. Cunat,
despite his "highly visible" position while
Jim Fernald '33
Sunset Beach, N.C.
I remember Miles well, highly visible per-
haps due to his having been somewhat
tall, with wire-rim glasses - an okay guy.
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Let's not delude ourselves - at our age,
many things other than the mention of a
long-forgotten acquaintance compete tor
our attention and interest. There's no need
for me to respond to the mention of a
classmate. Admittedly, I was pleased to read
that he is a survivor, as are the rest of us.
And that brings me back to the BAM:
We do read it, and we even write letters
to the editor. Then we get back to the
relationships that are so much more mean-
ingful at this stage in our lives.
Lawrence R. Ross '52
New York City
The Ice Cream Man Goeth
Anyone who has attended a Brown foot-
ball or hockey game is surely familiar with
[irnmy, the gentleman who for some thirty
years sold refreshments in the stands. The
sound ot his voice screeching "ice cream"
and "popcorn" is part ot my memories of
attending Brown sports events. His cheers
and his high-fives made every Brown
score a bit sweeter.
After five years away, this tall I returned
to Brown and found that Jimmy has retired
from his job. At the Princeton-Brown
football game. 1 saw him standing alone,
quietly. I would like to salute Jimmy for
his spirit and dedication during his long
David Small 'c)2
Our Government, Our War
I write concerning Alan Meyers s letter
("Student Strike Changed His Life" Mail,
September/October), in which he used a
curious phrase to describe the war in Viet-
nam: "our government's war." Why was
this conflict just "our government's war"?
I do not want to be unfair to Dr.
Meyers, who must be admired for turning
a difficult situation into something posi-
tive for himself. But the distinction he
has drawn, in a disquieting way, reminds
me of North Vietnam's efforts at that time
to appeal politically to the people of this
country as if they were different from
and not responsible for the cruel acts of a
ruthless government. 1 reject the implicit
dichotomy between people and their
government, and I suggest such a distinc-
tion paves the way to responsibility-
avoidance and misunderstanding.
I \ \ I Vm FEBRUAm 1 ')') 8
Yes, I admit to being a little sensitive
about this issue, as I was, like Dr. Meyers s
buddies, called to serve in Vietnam (1967-
68). Whether anyone supported that effort
or not, or is proud or ashamed of it, is
not the point. My point is that Vietnam
was not the "government's war"- it was mv
war. our war. We must all answer for it,
for better or worse, just as we are all re-
sponsible for "our government."
In my view the shunning of responsi-
bility for the Vietnam War reflects the same
attitude that helped perpetuate the inex-
cusable neglect of our veterans, on whom
we turned our collective back for so many
long and painful years, thereby creating
another class of victims of that war.
Peter D. Stergios '64
New York City
More Millennial Musings
The letter from David Detrich '60 ("More
on the Millennium," Mail, September/
October) commenting on the letter "Here
Comes the Millennium" by Dr.Juanita
Wagner '49 Ph.D. (Mail, May) caught my
eye. Mr. Detrich and Dr. Wagner both
may be wrong.
Mr. Detrich points out that the enu-
meration of years from the birth of Christ
actually began with the year one, and,
therefore, the new millennium begins on
January 1 , 2001 . not 2000, as many insist.
He states. "Time went from the end of
1 B.C. to the beginning of 1 A.D" I'm
sure he is aware that people didn't suddenly
begin re-counting after the star appeared
over Bethlehem. Nor did the world
suddenly go back thirty-three years to the
beginning of Christ's life and re-count
them after the miraculous event of the
It was in the sixth century that the
scholar Dionysius Exiguus developed a
calendar based on the birth of Christ.
He had only references in the gospels to
the political leaders of the time on which
to base his calculations (Herod, king of
Judea, Matthew 2: 1 ; Quirmius, governor
ot Syria, Luke 2:2). Modern scholars gen-
erally believe that Dionysius Exiguus's
calculations are wrong and that Christ's
birth was actually several years earlier
than originally thought. If that is true, the
momentous millennium has already
come and gone.
The writer is an administrative assistant in the
president's office at Brown. - Editor
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Interpreting Title IX
Writers of recent letters suggesting that
President Gregorian may have charted an
independent course regarding Title IX
litigation are misinformed. Each and every
action taken by the president and the
University was a studied, principled re-
sponse to what many see as a misinterpre-
tation ot an important law. As chairman
of the Corporation Committee on Ath-
letics, and as a longtime member of the
Corporation Legal & Governmental
Affairs Committee, I know firsthand that
the Corporation, its officers, and appro-
priate committees were kept fully advised
of the issues and of Brown's position, and
were involved when major decisions
At no time did these Corporation
committees believe it was inappropriate
for us to vigorously assert our views and
to defend the University's stellar record
of accomplishment and commitment
to equal treatment. The only matter that
remained for trial was the issue of pro-
portionality and its broader implications
relating to all University programs. That
fundamental issue remains to be resolved
by the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, we have an ever-
improving athletic program with outstand-
ing men and women student-athletes
whose everyday efforts to bring honor to
Brown merit our admiration and support.
Joseph L. Tauro \ ?
The writer, a trustee emeritus, is chief judge of
the U.S. District Court, Boston. - Editor
All in Favor, Say Neigh
I am writing to correct Bob Christin's
misapprehension that the varsity eques-
trian team was added only to fulfill Title
IX requirements and does not increase
the participation ot Brown women in
varsity sports ("Time to Change Title IX,"
The equestrian team was added (thanks
to generous donor funding) because
research showed that there was a lot ot
interest in joining such a team. Last year,
ioo students came to the first informa-
Mr. Christm and I have differing
views of Title IX's benefits to female ath-
letes. I played women's ice hockey before
Title IX, when we sold chocolate bars
to raise money to travel to Canada to
play the nearest team. We had inadequate
safety equipment and depended on vol-
unteers from the men's varsity team to
coach us. We had three hours of ice time
a week at non-prime times.
Anyone who has seen the caliber of
women's ice hockey now, with great coach-
ing, equipment, and lots ot good ice time,
wll not question the benefits ot adequate
funding. I am delighted that my daughter
and her friends have great role models
such as the female athletes at Brown.
Marria Hoffer Goctz 'yi
The members ot the varsity equestrian
team do not appreciate the cynical views
ot Bob Christin '69. To claim that our
team exists merely to bolster Brown in
the wake of problems with Title IX is
simply unfair. Besides the obvious over-
sight that the team is coeducational, your
reader is overlooking the tremendous
commitment and enthusiasm ot the team
members and the prestige they bring to
The response to the varsity status of
Brown's equestrian team has been enor-
mous. Last year, seventy students tried out
for the team. This year, forty-hve students
tried out for only ten spots. Our team
carries some ot the best riders in the coun-
try, and various representatives of Brown
deal with an endless list of inquiries from
prospective freshmen. Clearly our team is
building a solid position at Brown out-
side the Title IX debate.
Sam Seideu 'gg
Sari Sharaby '00
It was a very long time ago that I first
subscribed to the BAM, and I did so
111 hopes ot getting glimpses into the lives
ot my Brown contemporaries. This hap-
But in the meantime, living for many
years overseas, I came to enjoy and admire
the insight the B.-Llfs articles provided
into the American scene. I still do. It's the
only magazine I choose to receive other
than the NewYorker and the Spectator.
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Off the Mark
I read with delight E. Gordon Gee's
recent letter of introduction to the
alumni, but one statement surprised me.
He wrote, "It is my sincere hope that in
the coming years Brown will not be seen
as a distant place isolated on a hill, sur-
rounded by an academic Berlin Wall."
To me, this sentiment is quite off the
mark and implies a lack of basic under-
standing of Brown's phiosophy and prac-
tice. I welcome President Gee and wish
him well, but I sincerely hope he comes
to understand Brown better.
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Under the Elms
At brown, most discus-
sions about race happen
in so-called sate places: in
classrooms, committee rooms,
and dorm rooms — or, for
students of color, during the
Third World Transition Pro-
gram (TWTP), a four-day
megaworkshop on race,
class, and gender that pre-
cedes the general freshman
orientation. In such dis-
cussions, students and fac-
ulty air their grievances, as
well as their views on
such thorny issues as cul-
tural difference, assimila-
tion, and affirmative action,
with some protection from
the political winds just out-
side the door. Step outside the
personal or the theoretical,
though, and all refuge is gone
— or so the thinking went
until last semester.
In September and October,
President-elect E. Gordon
Gee's administration convened
a series of meetings with rep-
resentatives of minority-student
groups and veterans of TWTP.
While no changes in programs
have been announced, some
members of the Brown com-
munity quickly perceived
that a changing of the guard
could lead to a rethinking of
the way the University han-
dles race relations. Whether or
not such perceptions are jus-
tified, race suddenly became a
hot topic around campus. In
a televised debate, students
and faculty hashed out the pros
and cons of affirmative action.
The letters page of the Brown
Daily Herald, a veritable Ping-
Pong match of conflicting
views, engulfed the news sec-
tion: for must readers, it was
the news. I lie result was a series
An ancient Greek philosopher
sparks a timely debate on race
of public discussions about
race that many participants be-
lieve were the most construc-
tive in recent memory.
So who turned up the
heat on this most incendiary
of issues? The short answer is
Socrates. In September, Assis-
tant Professor of Political Sci-
ence John Tomasi asked 650
students vying tor a place in
his popular class, Introduction
to Political Thought, what the
tree-thinking Greek philos-
opher would think of today's
Brown. Did the University
encourage discussion, Tomasi
wondered, or were Brunonians
like the Athenians ofSocrates's
time - a "nervous and un-
certain people" who squelched
debate and executed contro-
versial figures, including
Socrates himself? In particular,
Tomasi asked how the philoso-
pher would view TWTP and
the orientation program in
general. For instance, why did
upperclassmen "orient" first-
year students? Perhaps, Tomasi
suggested, it should work the
other way around.
The lecture was well
received, Tomasi says, both by
his prospective students and
by a capacity crowd when
he repeated it during Parents'
Weekend. Only when an
account of the talk appeared
m the BDH on November s
did Tomasi become a lightning
rod for racial tensions. What
was originally a hypothetical
Socratic dialogue "came out
looking like a broadside"
against TWTP, Tomasi says —
which was not the soft-spoken
professor's intent. The roiling
debate that ensued in the pages
of the BDH and in a packed
November \z symposium
on race raised a larger, more
troubling issue tor Tomasi.
"There's a tendency to
think that when we ask
questions about a program,
we're attacking it," he said.
"And that's dangerous."
That danger was appar-
ent last semester, when
the Asian American Stu-
dents Association invited
conservative author Dinesh
D'Souza to debate affirma-
tive action with Frank Wu,
a liberal law professor from
Howard University. (By co-
incidence, Tomasi had agreed
to moderate the debate two
months before the Socrates im-
broglio.) D'Souza's views are
generally unpalatable among
Brown students and faculty. In
his best-selling book The End
of Racism, D'Souza not only
opposes affirmative action tor
holding back whites and Asian
Americans, he blames it, along
with desegregation and other
products of the civil rights
movement, for African Amer-
icans' social "pathology" and
for the cultural decay of the
"We thought the best way
to represent the [affirmative-
action] debate was to invite
the most controversial figure
around," said Devinder Singh
'98, who invited D'Souza
and Wu, both of whom are
Asian American, as the high-
light of Asian American History
Month. "We didn't want to
debate affirmative action 111
classic Brown style, just hearing
the PC. liberal side of the
issue and smiling and feeling
good about that." More than
500 students flocked to the
event, with another 200 turned
away for lack of space. Many
\2 ♦ JANUARY /FEBRUARY I <) 1; X
Under the Elms
attended to sharpen their own
thoughts on the issue - "to
figure out what kind of agenda
they need to set up," said
Karen McLaurin-Chesson '73,
associate dean of the College
and director of the Third
A handful ot students, how-
ever, came out of a sense of
outrage that D'Souza would
be allowed to explain his view
on campus. The International
Socialist Organization (ISO)
had plastered posters around
campus and written letters to
the BDH denouncing (and at
times misquoting) D'Souza's
books. About thirty members
of the group picketed outside
Andrews Dining Hall, where
the debate was held, shouting
that there should be "no free
speech for hatemongers."
According to the ISO's Pranav
Jani, a graduate student in
English, "Inviting someone of
Dinesh D'Souza's stature to
Brown represents a victory for
him." Rather than debating
D'Souza, the ISO wanted, in
Jam's words, to "effectively
shut him up" by building sub-
stantial opposition to his very
presence on campus.
The strategy didn't work.
Students expressed overwhelm-
ing support for the debate, if
not necessarily for D'Souza,
and the cable network C-
SPAN broadcast a tape of the
event on December 13. (It will
be rebroadcast in February.)
By preventing the protesters
from reducing the occasion to
a shouting match, students
proved to Tomasi, among oth-
ers, that they were willing to
hear and discuss a spectrum
of views on even a subject as
volatile as affirmative action.
All of which is not to
downplay the racial tensions
that do exist just beneath the
surface at Brown - as well
as at most other universities.
Some white students feel un-
fairly excluded froniTWTP,
which takes place before they
get to campus in the fall and,
they say, divides the class into
racial subgroups before any
chance of unity is possible.
At the same time, only half of
all minority students partici-
pate in the program, and not
all participants support it.
Race at Brown is literally
no longer a black-and-
white issue. While affirmative
action programs and TWTP
grew out of efforts to bring
more African-American stu-
dents to Brown in the 1960s
and 1970s, over the past ten
years, the number of Latino
and Asian students at the Uni-
versity has doubled, while the
number of black students
has dipped slightly. This multi-
racial dimension of campus
lite has steered much of the
discussion about race toward
more complex, nuanced ques-
tions:Where does race inter-
sect with class, for example, in
such contentious issues as need-
and financial aid? How can
Brown both respect racial dif-
ferences among students, fac-
ulty, and staff and foster cross-
Although these issues have
long been kicked around 111
private, the Tomasi brouhaha
and the D'Souza debate
brought them to the Brown
community at large - and that
new openness may have last-
ing effects. In November, Dean
of Student Life Robin Rose
assembled a multiracial group
to discuss the issues raised
throughout the semester, and
she plans to continue the dia-
logue in sessions throughout
the spring. Likewise, Associate
Professor of Afro-American
Studies Lewis Gordon led a
discussion group in November
about the apathy ot white
students toward campus racial
issues. When a similar group
was organized two years ago, it
fizzled out for lack of interest;
this year more than 150 stu-
Professor of Visual Arts Walter Feldman has been making
books since he was eight years old. His creations, which
were on display last fall at the Rockefeller Library, include
this accordion-shaped piece, Song of Songs, based on an
Old Testament love poem. Framed by bright flower-like
shapes and swirls, the text was handset on Feldman's own
press, a 1953 Vandercook model, and printed on fibrous
Japanese paper. Feldman says he chose the accordion
format because he "wanted to have a book format that
could be changed into different shapes. I wanted the idea
of touching, of getting involved in the feeling of the book."
up, two-thirds of them white,
and they arranged to meet
monthly for the rest of the year.
In January, what was for-
merly a one-day faculty and
staff celebration ot Martin
Luther Kingjr.'s birthday will
become a weeklong roster
of workshops on racial aware-
ness and history, culminating
in a talk by Gee. Given the
kind of dialogue that has arisen
on campus this fall, it's likely
to be the kind ot week even
Socrates would approve of.
- Shea Dean
Not a War
Two ambassadors remember
the past and face the future
hen people in the
United States hear the
word 'Vietnam,' they think of
a war," said CNN correspon-
dent Ralph Begleiter '71 in
introducing the speakers at a
historic forum that took
place in the Salomon Center
tor Teaching last November.
"When people in Vietnam
hear the world 'Vietnam,' they
think of a country." That, he
pointed out, is the crucial
difference in perception that
still keeps Vietnam and the
United States apart.
That this perception gap
is slowly closing, however,
was evident in the presence
on stage of two men who had
never before appeared to-
gether at a public forum:
Douglas "Pete" Peterson, the
first U.S. ambassador to Viet-
nam since the war, and Le Van
Bang, the Vietnamese ambas-
sador to the United States.
The event was an informal
Stephen A.Ogden Jr. Memor-
ial Lecture on International
Affairs; the two ambassadors
sat in comfortable chairs
around a low table answering
questions from Begleiter.
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE ♦ I 3
Van Bang warm up
in Gardner House
before their Ogden
Lecture last fall.
Then again, these were no
ordinary ambassadors. Their
meeting was significant not
only diplomatically but person-
ally. Peterson, an Air Force
pilot shot down during the
Vietnam War and later a three-
term Democratic congress-
man from Florida, spent six-
and-a-half years as a prisoner
of war, including time in
the infamous prison that pilots
called the Hanoi Hilton.
"When I came home in
1973." Peterson had told Pro-
fessor ot History Charles
Neu's class, America's Longest
War: The United States in
Vietnam, that morning, "I
came home to a family I no
longer knew, to a seven-year-
old child I'd never seen. I
started my life over again."
During that same war,
Le Van Bang was a member of
a brigade that repaired bomb-
damaged roads and bridges. "I
was making the holes," Peter-
son joked at the evening event,
"and he was filling them."
Le was in Hanoi during the
Christmas bombing of 1972,
during which B-52S devas-
tated the city. Later, as a young
diplomat, he was the first man
to receive Henry Kissinger
in Vietnam after the signing
of the Paris Peace Accords.
As the two men reminded
their audience, their work has
been made more difficult by
1 he long and bitter memory
of most Americans toward the
war. For decades the issue of'
accounting for U.S. prisoners of
war and for soldiers missing in
action has precluded relations
between the two countries.
But thanks to what Peterson
described as a "monumental
effort" to account for the
POWs and MIAs. the two
countries finally exchanged
ambassadors last June. "The
POW/MIA issue delayed
efforts to normalize relations,"
Peterson said, "but it was the
POW/MIA issue that finally
led us back to Vietnam."
For now, Vietnam has more
to gain from this new rela-
tionship than does the United
States. "On the one hand,"
said LeVan Bang, "we have in-
dependence now, but on the
other hand, we don't have a
better living standard for our
people." Peterson added that
attracting U.S. businesses has
become such a strong desire in
Vietnam that as he travels the
country his past is never men-
tioned. Investment always is.
Both ambassadors cau-
tioned that, despite the new
era ot good feeling between
the two countries, serious ob-
stacles remain. "It's still very
difficult to do business in
Vietnam," Peterson explained.
"The country is weak in
management expertise, and
the judicial system is not very
good. The word 'audit' is
largely unknown. And Viet-
nam does not yet enjoy Most
Favored Nation status, mostly
because the Administration
cannot certify that the coun-
try has free immigration.
Because of this, if you make a
widget in Vietnam, you can't
send it to the United States,
the biggest consumer in the
world." Nevertheless, Ford
now makes vehicles in Viet-
nam, and more than 500 U.S.
companies are doing business
there for markets outside the
Peterson and LeVan Bang
have become good friends,
and the warmth between them
was evident during their
Salomon conversation. Also
striking was the civility of the
audience. There were no
demonstrations and only one
hostile question (from an
audience member concerned
about the persecution of
Buddhists in Vietnam) - a far
cry from the reception Peter-
son in particular would have
received on a college campus
twenty-five years ago.
Asked about that era, Peter-
son said, "One of the major
reasons I decided to accept the
opportunity to be the ambas-
sador to Vietnam was to heal.
I and my family experienced
every indignity, every pain
short of death. Now I want to
reconcile and do something
constructive. I have no con-
trol over what happened yes-
terday, but I have full control
over and a responsibility tor
what happens tomorrow. I have
a responsibility to do it right."
— Nornitw Boucher
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But understanding the bio-
logical causes of growing old
requires a close inspection of
genes, those tiny, ubiquitous
reservoirs of the code that
tells all living things - from
fruit flies to humans — how to
make the proteins that deter-
mine our physical makeup.
Two recent studies by
Brown researchers have dra-
matically advanced our under-
standing of the ways genes
determine how we age and
how long we live. John M.
Sedivy, associate professor of
cellular molecular biology
and biochemistry, and his col-
leagues Jeremy P. Brown and
Wenyi Wei showed that at
least one gene, called p2i. may
be responsible for actually
turning on the aging process.
The study, whose results
were published in Science,
showed that cells without a
p2i gene never underwent
senescence, the extended
period of arrested growth that
precedes death. Rather, these
cells continued to divide
right up until the time they
died, completely skipping
their "old age."
If this is the case, then
why would our bodies harbor
.1 normal gene that triggers its
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Under the Elms
own decline? "It's all specula-
tion at this point," Sedivy says,
"but maybe senescence is actu-
ally protective against cancer,
a process which is very closely
tied to growth. Perhaps the
incidence ot cancerous trans-
formation would be even
higher if we did not have this
extended period without cell
growth and reproduction."
The question of how to
delay senescence as long as
possible was the subject of an
article m a recent issue of
Nature by Assistant Professor
of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology Marc Tatar and re-
searchers at the University of
Minnesota. Until now, the
conventional wisdom has
been that eliminating stress is
an important ingredient in
the recipe for living a long
and healthy life. But a report
in the November 7 issue of
the scientific journal Nature
indicates that at least some
kinds ot discomfort may help
some organisms live longer.
Tatar showed that fruit
flies heated as young adults to
thirty-six degrees Centigrade
(about human body tempera-
ture) lived longer than flies
kept cool and comfortable.
That the flies would respond
to heat was expected; all ani-
mals have genes for making
so-called heat shock proteins,
which help animals respond
to stress. These heat shock pro-
teins work by wrapping other
proteins in a protective cloak.
But Tatar discovered that
longer-lived flies had higher
levels of heat shock protein 70
(hspyo). One group was given
additional hspyo genes and
then exposed to heat for
varying amounts of time. The
longer the flies were heated -
and the more hspyo they pro-
duced - the longer they lived.
Two other sets of flies were
never exposed to heat, one
with extra hspyo genes and
one without. Both sets lived
shorter lives than the heated
flies, raising the possibility
that some kinds of stress may
permit animals to live longer.
"The average fruit fly out-
side the laboratory is probably
exposed to enough heat
shocks every day to activate
SINCE LAST TIME...
Senior Kristi Abrams was named a Rhodes scholar, while Sylvia
Sellers-Garcia '98 and Justin Driver '97 won Marshall scholar-
ships. . . . Dean of Student Life Robin Rose was a part of a group
that had breakfast with President Clinton in November during
the White House Conference on Hate Crimes Led by
the Young Communist League, thirty students stormed into
the office of Donald Reaves, the executive vice president for
finance and administration, demanding that Brown waive late fees
and interest rates for students on financial aid and allow anyone
from Providence access to University libraries; Police and Security
officers escorted the group out after ten minutes. . . . Professor of
Mathematics Thomas Banchoff was named Rhode Island Profes-
sor of the Year, , . . Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
and former Dean of the College Sheila Blumstem was named
interim provost until June 30, 1998. . . .The athletic department
unveiled a new logo, featuring a snarling bear with claws.
the genes that raise levels of
hspyo," Tatar observes. "This
study suggests that maintaining
protein structure is important
to longevity, since this is what
heat shock proteins do."
Now all we need is to get
rid of our p2i and take hsp yo
supplements. -John F. Lauerman
ship committees and praise
from her professors. The
enthusiasm in her voice - and
the fact that she spends up to
twenty hours per week doing
independent research — hints
that this is a labor of love, not
simply resume fodder. "The
lab is like having a really fun
Facing down adversity
KRYSTYN VAN VLIET '98
is a woman on the go, a
blond blur streaking across
campus on her way to crew
practice or lab or one of sev-
eral volunteer jobs. "My room-
mates think I'm a tad over-
scheduled," she says with a
laugh, "but it's the way I keep
Three years of oversched-
uling earned Van Vliet the
first William Park Woodside
Scholarship from ASM Inter-
national (a society tor materials
engineers), which is covering
her full senior-year tuition. It
is one of three national awards
Van Vliet, a materials-science
from New Jersey, has earned
Van Vliet has no trouble
tilling up an application;
her research alone, a three-year
study ot titanium corrosion,
merits interest from scholar-
Krystyn van Vliet '98 has coffee
with Fred, whom she met through
job," Van Vliet explains. "I
come in, plan what I'm going
to do, then do it. I prefer
applied research because I get
to see immediately how it's
put to use."
She devotes much of her
down time to volunteer work,
including directing the Brown
chapter of Best Buddies, an
organization that matches
mentally retarded people with
a buddy. Van Vliet has been a
buddy to Fred, a local man,
for two years. The pair meets
weekly, usually for coffee. "He
doesn't speak," she says, "but
he has certain signs that I can
understand. When he makes
the sign for coffee grinder,
I know what he wants." The
first year the two were buddies,
Van Vliet says, it was a matter
of "sitting there trying to
get used to each other." But,
she adds, "Now that I don't feel
the need to fill every minute
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of silence, I look forward to
seeing him every week and
am incredibly sad about the
prospect ot leaving him when
VanVliet attributes her
altruism and boundless energy
to two factors. "Part ot it has
to do with the way I was
raised, as part of a community
that constantly reinforces the
notion that you're only one
part of a much bigger picture,"
she says. "I knew I couldn't just
come to college to do course-
work. And then, of course,
there's the fact that I'm glad
to be around to do this stutr."
In her senior year ot high
school, Van Vliet suffered severe
head injuries in a car accident.
She regained the ability to
speak after months of rehabil-
itation, but her memory re-
mained impaired, even after
she arrived at Brown. Although
she tried to pretend that her
memory was fine to avoid
thinking of herself as someone
who had a problem. Van Vliet
quickly realized she would
need help. A professor put her
in contact with Robert Shaw,
an associate dean who assists
learning-disabled students. He
helped Van Vliet document
her disability so that she could
ask her professors for special
accommodations (such as extra
time on tests) when needed.
But, as Professor ot Engi-
neering Clyde Briant quickly
and emphatically points out,
"Krystyn has achieved what
she has achieved because she is
a very bright woman who
works very hard. She is not a
disabled student. Her accident
was m the past, and it's best to
keep it in the past."
VanVliet says initially she
was hesitant to go public with
something as private as her
i i ident and rehabilitation, but
"my parents reminded me lh.it
when 1 was in the hospital.it
gave me so much comfort
to hear from people who had
been m similar situations."
Inspirational though her
story may be. Van Vliet empha-
sizes that she's not a super-
woman. "Certainly, I'm a real
person," she says. "I get ex-
hausted, drink too much cof-
tee, and have a habit ot over-
extending myself Although
this constant motion can some-
times worry my friends, for
me it's when the action stops
that I get worried. There's so
much to do, and I don't want
to miss out on it."- Torri Still
The Art of
It's not as easy as it looks
NO ONE CERTIFIES col-
lege professors. Unlike
teachers in public high schools,
they need no proof of train-
ing or competency. It's no
surprise, then, that the quality
ot teaching at universities
varies widely, or that many
graduate students facing their
Lee S. Shulman, president
of the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of
Teaching, speaks at the
dedication of the Sheridan
Below, Harriet Sheridan in
first class find themselves
wishing they were back buried
in the library stacks.
Ten years ago, Brown
English professor and Dean of
the College Harriet Sheridan
decided to do something
about this. Sheridan founded
the Center tor the Advance-
.nAxi Three hundred witches,
clowns, and farmers, all
pumped full of candy bars and hot chocolate, ran amok
on Wriston Quad the night before Halloween last
semester at the invitation of campus fraternities and
sororities. The teachers and parents who accompanied
the trick-or-treating kids deemed the event a cavity-
inducing success, saying that for some of the children,
it was their only chance to celebrate Halloween.
OHN li IRAS 1 1 (3)
ment of College Teaching in
order to get graduate students
and teaching tellows to think
closely about their classroom
approach. Under her leader-
ship - Sheridan died in 1992
- the center thrived, broaden-
ing its scope to offer work-
shops, publications, and train-
ing programs that cover all
phases of college and univer-
sity teaching. Graduate stu-
dents today can even earn a
teaching certificate after
attending a series of seminars
and consultations, and the
center provides faculty teach-
ing fellows and various con-
sultants able to observe classes
and offer advice.
To recognize Sheridan's
vision, the center celebrated
its tenth anniversary last Octo-
ber by renaming itself The
Harriet W. Sheridan Center tor
Teaching and Learning. Sheri-
dan, according to Rebecca
More, the center's associate
director, believed in "teaching
artfully" rather than "mecha-
nistically." In a memoir written
for the rededication, Gregory
Pingree, a graduate student 111
English and a former fellow
at the center, described Sheri-
dan as "from the old school."
"For Harriet," Pingree
wrote, "to be truly educated
was to seek to master the past,
but also to honestly probe
and assess the present: and to
teach was to illuminate for
others this vision of humanis-
tic thinking, whatever the
trouble it took." - Norman
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Under the Elms
has come a long way.
Some psychiatrists have begun
prescribing an herb, Saint-
John's-wort, for patients with
mild depression. The Journal
oj theAmerican Medical Associa-
tion last fall reported that
ginkgo-leaf extract - a sub-
stance used for centuries by
the Chinese to promote
longevity - alleviates demen-
tia, such as that caused by
Alzheimer's disease. And health
insurers now cover subscribers'
visits to chiropractors.
There's a good reason for
this medical revolution, said
three M.D.'s who spoke to
twenty Brown medical students
in late October as part of the
student-organized forums of
Primary Care Day. When
administered judiciously and
knowledgeably, the physicians
said, such treatments can
upgrade health-care providers'
arsenals in the war against dis-
ease and chronic illness.
One ot the guest speakers.
Cathleen Sloan Hood '79 of
South Dartmouth, Massachu-
setts, explained that her inter-
est in alternative treatment
grew out of her concern over
the steroids used to manage
her young son's severe asthma.
By the time he was five. Hood
explained,"! was getting fed
up with constantly giving
him prednisone [a steroid]. It
seemed a very toxic way of
handling his problem."
A friend referred Hood to
Jerry Kupperberg, a homeo-
pathic physician in Foster,
Rhode Island. Homeopaths
treat ailments by administering
dilute forms of aggravating
substances that supposedly prod
the body to heal itself. The
approach - discredited for
much of this century - dates
back to the late 1700s and has
enjoyed a minor renaissance
during the past decade. Since
Kupperberg treated Hood's
son with phosphorous five
years ago, the boy has
needed prednisone only
twice, and his
V mother has
medicine and other
Lisa Menard '00 M.D.,
who organized the alternative-
care forum, observes that inter-
est in alternative medicine
among medical students has
also grown over the last sev-
eral years. "The topic is one
we will have to be knowledge-
able about as physicians," she
notes, "since many patients
use alternative medicine as a
form ot treatment."
While Brown's medical
curriculum hews closely to
traditional models of treat-
ment, holistic concepts have
been incorporated into a
number of courses and semi-
nars, says Associate Dean of
Medicine Stephen Smith. "In
my own course, Cost versus
Care, I devote a week to alter-
native medicine," he says. Stu-
dents interested in learning
techniques of manipulation can
study with the several osteo-
pathic physicians on the faculty.
Smith says, and senior med-
ical students can take a course
on spirituality and medicine.
The new medicine, said
forum participant Alicia
Landman-Reiner, a family
physician in Northampton,
Massachusetts, "is an effort to
recraft our wisdom about the
human body. I use a lot fewer
drugs — maybe one-eighth
as many antibiotics as I did in
a standard medical setting."
Hood adds, "The crux ot
what we do is empowering
patients to get better. "—Anne
The Cigarette Diet
Quitting smoking without
DECIDING WHETHER or
not to kick the cigarette
habit seems like a no-brainer;
the smoker has nothing to
lose and everything to gain -
including, alas, weight. Without
nicotine, an appetite suppres-
sant, most former smokers
gain an average often pounds.
Women in particular may cling
to smoking to avoid weight
gain, while others who quit
later panic and resume smok-
ing when the pounds pile on.
Help may be on the way.
Associate Professor of Psychi-
atry and Human Behavior
Bess Marcus and her colleagues
at Miriam Hospital's Division
of Behavioral Medicine re-
cently completed Commit to
Quit, the largest study ever
to examine the relationship
between exercise and smoking.
"We were looking at women
smokers," Marcus says of her
project, which began in 1992.
"We asked, What are the bar-
riers to quitting?" Weight
gain kept coming up. Marcus
also knew that both men and
women who gave up smoking
tend to become depressed and
anxious. "Exercise had already
been shown to help all of these
problems," she says.
Using newspaper ads,
the researchers recruited 281
healthv. sedentary women
smokers who wanted to quit.
The women were randomly
assigned by a computer to
two groups. The control
group received three health
lectures per week, while the
second group attended three
weekly sessions of supervised,
vigorous exercise at the hos-
pital. In addition, all the sub-
jects attended group smoking
The results bore out Mar-
cus's hypothesis: women who
stayed with the exercise pro-
gram were more likely to stay
off cigarettes than were their
peers in the control group.
They also gained significantly
less weight. At the end of the
twelve-week program, those
who exercised had gained an
average of six pounds. The
sedentary group gained twice
as much. Even the women
who weren't able to quit re-
ceived health benefits from
the exercise program. "Many
of them cut down on how
much they smoked as well,"
Before Marcus's study, no
one was sure whether exer-
cise could help women quit
smoking and gain less weight.
Now, the answer is clear,
"c )ur study was done conser-
vatively," Marcus says. "We
can recommend to health pro-
fessionals that they prescribe
regular exercise as part of
IIBI1WN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
Putting Deep Blue's win in
When IBM super-
computer Deep Blue
defeated world chess cham-
pion Garry Kasparov in a six-
game match last May, media
pundits and technofreaks
prophesied doom: we have
succeeded, they said, in creat-
ing a machine smarter than
In October, Eliot Hearst,
professor emeritus of psy-
chology at Indiana University
and a chess litemaster, came
to Brown with a different eye-
witness report. "Neither Kas-
parov nor Deep Blue played
at world-champion levels,"
the soft-spoken former cap-
tain of the U.S. Olympic chess
team told a packed room in
Hunter Lab. "The match was
at best inconclusive."
For centuries scientists
have been trying to build a
machine that could grasp all
the possible combinations
ot the pieces on a chessboard.
Early efforts, however, were
exercises in disguise rather than
artificial intelligence. When
Napoleon squared off against
a clanking mechanical con-
traption early in the nineteenth
century, the machine was just
big enough to conceal a very
small, but very good, human
Hearst is confident no one
was hiding inside the 1.4-ton
Deep Blue, but he emphasizes
that the machine's calcula-
tions of 200 million positions
per second and its memory
incorporating the know-how
of several grandmasters don't
add up to a chess champion.
"No computer can play per-
fect chess," he said. "It's too
complicated a game."
The real story of Kasparov's
defeat bad more to do with
than technology, Hearst said.
Since Kasparov's title wasn't at
stake, he agreed to a grueling
schedule: six games in nine
days (compared to a maximum
of three games per week in
human contests). The machine's
unexpectedly brilliant play in
game two - which Hearst
called "the best game of chess
ever played by a computer" -
so unsettled the fiercely com-
petitive Kasparov that he
botched the third game and
resigned, for the tirst time in
his career, in what turned out
to be a winnable position.
By the time he got to game
six, Kasparov was exhausted.
The final game — dubbed a
"crushing massacre" and a
"blood bath" by the press -
ended with another Kasparov
resignation that baffled afici-
onados. "Kasparov made a play
that he had to have known
was bad," Hearst said. "He
was so fatigued and upset, he
just didn't care."
Even if humans suffered a
drubbing last spring at Big
Blue's virtual hands, the match
offered some valuable lessons,
Hearst said: brute-force cal-
culation is more important
than chess experts previously
believed, and IBM has made
substantial progress in model-
ing human intelligence. The
next time a chess master
matches wits with .1 machine,
however, Hearst hopes the
project will involve more
science and less marketing.
IBM's stock, he noted, soared
to near-record levels after the
match. So far. Big Blue has
denied all requests for a Deep
Blue rematch. - Chad Gaits
The Morris Way
A fortuer spin doctor speaks
HERE ARE SOME CAREERS
where everything you do
has consequences," Dick
Morris noted in his Novem-
ber John Hazen White Lecture
at the Salomon Center tor
Teaching. It is a lesson Mor-
ris, chief strategist for Presi-
dent Clinton's 1996 reelection
campaign, learned the hard
way. When an extramarital
affair landed him on the front
page of the tabloids last year,
he found himself ridiculed
and out of a job.
Rather than discussing the
sordid details of his fall from
grace, however, Morris used
the affair and its press cover-
age as a springboard for tack-
ling a broader theme: the
interplay between ethics and
politics. "Ethics is a subject
that's relatively new to me,"
Morris admitted sheepishly,
to the applause and laughter
of the audience. "I had always
asked myself, 'Will something
work?' and 'Will I make
money?' But a third question
to ask is, 'Can I accomplish
the same objective by doing
the right thing?' " Urging
Clinton to oppose gay mar-
riage, tor example, was a
politically expedient tactic he
now regrets employing.
Ultimately, said Morris,
whose address was co-
sponsored by the Brown Col-
lege Democrats, "it doesn't
work to be a spin doctor. In
an election, strategy is more
important than tactics, and
spinning is tactical. Elections
are won by changing the sub-
stance of the debate, for ex-
ample by introducing the idea
that welfare recipients should
work." The strategy Morris
developed for Clinton's re-
election campaign was simple:
Clinton would present a "pos-
itive message," stretch his lead
over Dole, and force Dole's
team to run a negative ad.
Clinton would then counter
with a stinging rebuttal of his
own. "The rebuttal ad works
best," said the savvy Morris.
"You blow up the other team's
Resorting to negative ads
was but one of the Dole
team's mistakes, according to
Morris. In the 1996 election,
he claimed. Dole was ped-
dling the politics ot polariza-
tion, while Clinton recog-
nized that America had
entered an age of consensus.
Americans all had certain
objectives in common, such
as eliminating the budget
deficit and social inequality,
and in 1996 they voted for
the candidate (Clinton) who
made those goals central to
Morris pointed out,
though, that in trying to hold
onto the middle ground,
Clinton often has been in-
effective. "His racial initiatives
are baloney," Morris argued,
"and he doesn't know what
step to take next."The Pres-
ident, you could almost say,
has become trapped in his own
spinning. - Torn Still
[ 8 ♦ JANUARY II B R I A R Y I <) 8
Under the Elms
Veterans of the games come
It WAS AN unusual Home-
coming reunion. A half-
century separated them -
from rowing team old-timer
John Welchli 'so, to soccer
youngster Eli Abarbanel-
Wolff 'oo - but when thirty-
nine Brown Olympians
gathered on campus in No-
vember, the camaraderie was
palpable. Expressing a senti-
ment for all of them, Jennifer
Corbet '87, a member of the
U.S. women's crew team at
Barcelona in 1992, asserted
that competing in the Olym-
pics "has given me a strength
that I will carry with me for
the rest of mv lite."
an athlete. But (Coach)]
Phoebe Murphy taught me
I could push myself to new
Like Corbet, Malcolm
Baker '91 arrived at Brown a
failed high school athlete. "I
got here hoping just to find
an intramural basketball team
to play on," said the six-foot,
six-inch Baker. As luck would
have it, a crew coach spotted
him in line at registration,
and two years later he was
rowing with the U.S. national
team at the World Champi-
onships. At Barcelona in 1992,
he was a member of the U.S.
eight that finished fourth.
Former track star Susan
Smith '93 found the road to
the Olympics a bit rockier.
Atter graduating from Brown,
she suffered a debilitating
Former Brown Olympians Martina Jerant '95 (Canadian basketball),
Robert Gaudreau '66 (U.S. hockey), Malcolm Baker '91 (U.S. rowing), Nikki
Dryden '98 (Canadian swimming), Jamie Koven '95 (U.S. rowing), and
Jennifer Corbet '87 (U.S. rowing).
Unlike many Olympians,
who usually begin their cho-
sen sport during childhood,
Corbet was introduced to
crew while at the University.
"Prior to coming to Brown,"
she told more than 100 Brown
students and alumni at an
Andrews Hall forum,"! studi-
ously avoided gym class for
four years." But once on
the Seekonk River, Corbet
blossomed. "I quite seriously
doubted I could ever become
bone injury in her right toot
that kept her oft the track
for more than two years. Two
surgeries later, she returned to
training and eventually shaved
a full three seconds oft her
personal-best time in the 400-
meter hurdles, qualifying to
represent her native Ireland in
the 1996 Summer Olympics.
I here she smashed her own
Irish record in the 400 hurdles
for the sixth time that year,
joining Smith at the 1996
Summer Olympics were fellow
Brunonians Martina Jerant
'95 (Canadian women's basket-
ball), Jamie Koven '95 (U.S.
rowing), Jim Pedro '94 (U.S.
judo) and Porter Collins '97
(U.S. rowing). "It was very
special to be at such a huge
event, with some of the world's
greatest athletes," said Jerant.
"And to see others that I knew
and went to school with
made it all that much better."
- Richard P. Morin
Making computers make
They might have been
slow, but unlike computers,
they rarely suffered compati-
bility problems. In November
a consortium of programmers
and scholars who have, in
effect, been trying to build a
better typewriter gathered at
Brown to discuss the obstacles
to developing a universal com-
The weekend's keynote
speaker, Professor of Computer
Science Andries van Dam,
gave what he called the "old
fart speech" on a slushy Friday
afternoon. "I get to talk about
what it was like many, many
decades ago," he deadpanned
to the gathering. "Three, to
When van Dam got his
Ph.D. in 1963, technology's
cutting edge was microfilm;
his dissertation was on nano-
fiche. At the time, he said, he
"still thought we would never
be able to store all of human
knowledge on anything but
microfilm." By 1967, he'd
changed his mind and designed
the first interactive, real-time
designed specifically for use
by humanities scholars. Uni-
versity administrators, van
Dam said, "were by no means
sure that humanities students
should be tying up valuable
computer time. 'Let them use
typewriters,' they told me."
Andries van Dam
Van Dam's bold experi-
ment opened the door for
other computer scientists and
textual scholars around the
world. They began building
their own systems, each insti-
tution customizing its own
to suit its particular needs
and resources. Soon it became
apparent, however, that the
work's success depended on
the ability to share results with
other systems. At a 1987 meet-
ing in Poughkeepsie, New
York, scholars combined their
efforts to form the Text En-
coding Initiative (TEI), an
organization for creating stan-
dards for the computer en-
coding of text. Since then, the
group has produced a thick
volume of standards intended
to create a common base for
building compatible text-based
systems. Somewhat closer to
home for even the most ama-
teur Internet surfers is the
group's success in helping
create hypertext markup lan-
guage or HTML, the primary
encoding standard for the
World Wide Web.
Van Dam warned the
gathering against the compla-
cency that can come with
success. Though computers
"are still literal-minded repos-
itories of information," he
said, there are plenty of fron-
tiers left. - Chad Gaits
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE ♦ 19
BY PETER MANDEL
Water polo's got it all.
I ead Coach Erik Farrar
JL JL '85 has been telling me
that "water polo is a marvelous
spectator sport." You've got every-
thing, he says: "strength, speed, and
brutal physical contact." Brown's
team also has eighteen Ivy titles to
its credit. Year after year, water
polo is one of the University's
most successful men's teams, yet
it's run on a shoestring out of Far-
rar's home. On this wintry, late-
October Saturday, I'm going to
see this swimming paradox tor
Today is the opening ot the all-impor-
tant Northern Championships - the top
four teams will go from here to the East-
erns - but Farrar is nowhere in sight, and
no one seems entirely certain when
Brown's first game, against Harvard, will
take place. Luckily, I run into a Brown
parent, who tells me to be at the Smith
Swim Center at noon. Next stop: the
sports information office, where a dusty
binder lists this year's roster. The players all
have numbers, and I'm hoping these will
be somehow visible (on bathing caps?
suits? tattooed on chests?), so I can zero in
on the 1996 Ivy League Player of the Year,
Kevin O'Sullivan '99, whom Farrar has
characterized to me as "a great shooter
and fast as hell."
At the Swim Center, only a scattering
of chlorine-scented fans are waiting in
the poolside stands, even though the
Bears are 16-5 going into the game.
Where are all the sports junkies? Haven't
they heard that this year's Brown squad
has twice beaten nationally ranked Uni-
versity of Massachusetts, the reigning
Eastern champs? Don't they realize these
guys are about to play Harvard, the very
team Brown sank for the Ivy title in each
of the past two seasons?
I join the thin crowd and scan the
pool. It turns out that the players do have
bathing caps of a sort, with identifying
numbers. The caps tie together under
chin, making even these beefy six-footers
look a little sheepish. When the whistle
sounds, however, these sheep change into
wolves - or maybe killer whales. Fresh-
man Tyler Korte, who's listed at 210
pounds, churns down the right side ot the
pool and rears out of the water, holding
the ball menacingly aloft. A flick of the
wrist, and it's past the goalie and into the
In seconds, the Crimson have struck
back with an outside shot that whistles
beyond Brown goalie Doug Jetton '99.
Jetton soon redeems himself by getting a
lett hand and then a forearm on shots that
look like certain goals, but I'm getting
worried. Harvard keeps forming attacks
that end in glancing shots skimmed off
the water, while the Bears seem disorga-
nized, shooting only from far outside and
unable to get the ball under the crossbar.
m /%/ itching water polo takes some
▼ T getting used to. The refs wear
country-club white, reminiscent of terres-
trial polo, but this sport seems more like
basketball. Instead of hoops and black-
boards, the goals are rectangular and float-
ing, but the pace and energy are the same.
Passes and shots are one-handed Harlem
Globetrotter affairs, and there are pool-
length fast breaks, the offense swimming a
mean crawl while the defense backstrokes
to block the passing lanes. Much of the
game is man-to-man, though, like a city
pickup game. Defenders scratch and climb
over ball carriers, almost sinking them,
and although whistles are constantly
shrilling, I can't quite see where the
jostling ends and the fouling begins.
My attention snaps back to the game
when Craig Foisie '98, the only player
heavier than Korte, powers a goal in from
point-blank range. But look out: Harvard
conies foaming back up the pool again
and again, until by the end of the second
quarter the score is 2-2. According to
Main' Korte, Tyler's dad, who's here from
St. Louis, "Harvard's playing great so tar,
and we're just not in synch." Harvard par-
ent Jon Bar-Ziv ot Tel-Aviv, Israel, leans
over to me with a mischievous smile.
"Brown." he says in carefully lowered
tones, "they're making foolish mistakes."
As the third quarter begins, I'm trou-
bled less by Brown mistakes than by the
invisibility of Kevin O'Sullivan. He's
I A \ I A R V I I UK I A IM ] ') c; 8
Coach Farrar discusses strategy with his team
during a timeout. Back in the water, the team
executes, narrowly defeating Harvard before
a mere handful of spectators.
barely touched the ball. Harvard picks up
where it left off in the second quarter,
jumping ahead to a 3—2 lead. Then late in
the third quarter, momentum, that elusive
and fickJe presence, begins to shift. Brown
goes to Foisie, its big guy, right in front of
the goal. Foisie treads water, looking for
the open man. "That's our whole strat-
egy," Korte confides to me, "to get the
ball into the middle and pull the defense
in there so a man can get free." Korte's
right. Foisie creates exactly this situation
and throws the ball out to Jamie Litten
'01, who ties the game with a long out-
On it goes. With about four minutes
left to play. Brown wrestles the game
definitively away from its opponent.
Foisie scores from the inside to put the
Bears ahead. Then John Bowlus '00
receives a pass and tallies from the left
corner like a waterlogged Bill Bradley.
Later, O'Sullivan finally gets into the
swim of things. Finding a loose ball out in
front of the goal, he slams it home for a
6-3 lead that gives the Bears all the mar-
gin they need.
The final score is 7—5. As expected.
Brown moves into the tournament's sec-
ond round and, ultimately, on to the East-
ern Championships. When I pass Coach
Farrar a few minutes after the game, I can
tell from his face that he'd been sweating
this one out. "Great spectator sport," I tell
him. "You were right."
Farrar tucks a clipboard under his
arm, wipes his brow, and heads down the
hall toward the locker room. "It was a
good one," he calls back. "But that's just
the kind of excitement we don't need."
Postscript: In mid-November, Brown finished
third at the Eastern Championships in
/// sports, Harvard is to Yale as
Brown is to whom??
1 I arvard, ot course, hates Yale.
JL JL Cornel] would rather thrash
Penn than anyone. And Amherst and
Williams have been at it like dogs and cats
for a century. But ever since Brown and
Pembroke began squaring off against rival
colleges, alumni, players, and coaches have
been scratching their heads about which
Ivy team is the enemy among enemies.
"Normally, a school's football
schedule can be a tip-off to its
biggest rivals," says Malcolm
Moran, who covers college sports
for the New York Times. "But if
you look at Brown's last two
games of the year, usually Dart-
mouth, I think, and Columbia,
you don't find too much deep-
seated animosity there."
JL If scheduling holds no clues
to Brown's ultimate foe, what
does? Are bitter rivalries built out
ot years ot playing the same
schools - no matter what the
outcome - or out of a string of
recent close games between
teams of similar talents? For a
soccer game to be seen as the bat-
tle of Armageddon, must the Bears be up
against the very same school that spells
all-out war in football?
Leyla Goldsmith '98, women's volley-
ball co-captain, seems puzzled by the
speculation. "Arch-rival?" she asks.
"Nowadays, it sort of varies from sport to
sport. I'd be tempted to say Harvard, but if
they didn't have a good volleyball team
this year, I'm not sure we'd care as much as
we do." On the other hand, Jackie Court,
the coach ot women's gymnastics since
1969, believes that her teams focus on Yale
more than on any other rival. "There's
always some extra tension, whether we're
in New Haven or Providence," she says,
"and I guess that's because they've won
the Ivy Championship so many times."
Pausing a second, she quickly adds: "But
it's a friendly animosity."
John Eng-Wong '62, the University's
director of foreign students, faculty, and
staff services and a longtime sports afi-
cionado, agrees. He remembers that in his
student days good Harvard and Yale teams
made Brown tans jealous more often than
mad. "It wasn't blood hatred," he recalls.
"Archenemies come from prehistoric
memories. They're embedded in your
neurons. Brown versus Harvard has never
felt like that." Donald Carswell (Harvard
'so), the former chief hockey negotiator
for NBC sports, says that playing Brown
never generated much feeling in Cam-
bridge. Carswell remembers the sense that
"Brown thought it was as good as Har-
vard, and if they could beat us, that might
prove it." To Crimson fans, he bluntly
continues, "It was a David-and-Goliath
situation. Harvard and Yale always looked
at Brown as the kid with the slingshot."
To find a true candidate for perennial
Ivy sports rival, Brown fans must look
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further back. Way back. H. Cushman
"Gus" Anthony '26 remembers that
"Dartmouth was the really big football
game back then," dashing cold water on
Malcolm Moran's assessment of this par-
ticular matchup. "I'm not sure why," he
adds. "It was just a pulse you got."
Later alumni got the pulse at the
annual football game against Colgate. The
late BAM Associate Editor Jay Barry '50,
coauthor of .-4 Tale of Two Centuries: A
Warm and Richly Pictorial History of Brown
University, 1764-igS}, would often talk
about growing up in Warren, Rhode
Island, in the 1930s and 1940s and antici-
pating the "ultimate football game"
against Colgate on Thanksgiving morn-
ing. "You'd be good and cold from hang-
ing on every play," Barry once told
Robert Rhodes, former editor of the
Brown Alumni Monthly. "And then you'd
go in by the tire and have an enormous
turkey dinner. We would rehash the big
plays over and over if the Bears had won.
That, I always thought, was heaven."
New Football Coach
After four years and a 23-13 record, Mark
Whipple '79 resigned as head football
coach after the 1997 season. Known for
his aggressive "Whip-Lash" offense,
Whipple leaves behind a Brown record
book almost entirely rewritten by his
players. In 1997 alone, the Bears set Ivy
League and Brown records for total
offense, averaging 474 yards a game, while
wide receiver Sean Morey '99, averaging
143 yards a game, led the country in
receiving and was named Ivy League
Player of the Year.
Whipple will be replaced by Phil
Estes, who worked closely with Morey
last season as receivers coach. He was run-
ning back coach for three years before
that and has been Brown's recruiting
coordinator since arriving at the Univer-
sity in 1994. "My job," Estes said in a press
release, "is to take the Brown football
team to the next level - the Ivy League
(as of December 2)
Men's Cross Country
After capturing the New England
Championship, the harriers finished a
disappointing fourth at the Heptagonals
in New York City.
Women's Cross Country 2-0
Junior Meghan Moriarty and senior
Emily Grossman earned second-team
All Ivy honors as Brown finished in
fifth place at the Heptagonals.
Kate Sullivan 'y8 was a bright spot for
the Bears, trying the Brown record for
goals in a season with her twelfth in the
team's 2-0 win over Holy Cross in
Thanks to the record-shattering offense
of receiver Sean Morey '99 and quarter-
back James Perry '00, the Bears followed
up losses to Harvard and Dartmouth
with a 42-11 drubbing of Columbia.
Saranga Sangakkara '99 notched perhaps
the biggest win in the history of Brown
women's tennis by upsetting the nations
seventh-ranked player at the Rolex ITA
Eastern Women's Championship.
The team's only senior, Leyla Gold-
smith, became Brown's all-time career
kill leader and then swatted kill number
1,000 versus Yale.
After a mediocre early season, the Bears
ran otTan eight-game unbeaten streak
that culminated in an overtime win over
Dartmouth for the Ivy title. Brown
advanced to the NCAAs, where it was
stopped by St. John's.
Another stellar season: an Ivy title and .1
fourth-place finish in the ECAC Cham-
Senior co-captain Amy Broadhead's
chip shot over a charging goaltender led
to a dramatic 1-0 win over Providence
College in November.
The team closed only its second season
by winning its first competition ever on
November X. Brown finished the year
ranked third in the region, behind
Stonehill College and the University ot
2 2 • J AN UAm II B RUAR1 I ')<) 8
BY SUZANNE CLARK 99
A postal carrier who
delivers more than mail.
It is 2:30 on a stifling July afternoon.
Only twelve blocks to go. With one
foot in the truck and one on the side-
walk, I balance a foot-high pile of maga-
zines on the back of my forearm, wedge
two stacks of letters into my left hand, and
jam a twenty-pound package into the
folds of a blue mail bag. I swing the bag
over my right shoulder and glance down
the block. Two dogs are out, Mr. Putnam
is mowing his lawn, and Mrs. Steines's
kids are playing in the street. Looks like
a typical day on the route.
For the past three summers I've deliv-
ered mail in Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. My
father has worked as a post-office clerk in
Dubuque for more than nineteen years,
so when I first took the job of "casual
employee" - a federally funded work-
study job for college students - I thought
I knew what to expect. But I didn't know
how tired I'd be after eight hours of
walking up and down stairs while hauling
everything from Sears catalogs to tele-
phone bills. I didn't realize how lost I
could get in my own hometown, or how
people set their clocks by the arrival of
their mail carriers.
"You're late!" one man declared as I
approached his house.
"Sorry, sir," I mumbled, handing over
a stack of letters. "What time does your
regular carrier usually come?"
"She's here and gone by 2:20," he
muttered before slamming the door. I
checked my watch. It was 2:35.
Despite my slowness at the beginning
of the summer, the other mail carriers -
Dubuque has about sixty-five - wel-
comed me. Many of them were not what
you'd expect. Although a few guys would
ask me where the pictures were when
they saw me tackling Anna Karenina on a
break, many carriers also read in their
mail trucks during lunch. There was a
poetry club that met weekly, and once, as
I returned to the office, I overheard one
carrier ask another, "How many syllables
are in a haiku? It's been driving me nuts
By the time I returned for my third
summer at the post office, I thought
I'd learned all there was about the job.
Wrong. As I raised my head from my
burden of mail and really looked at the
people on my routes, I realized there's
more to being a postal carrier than get-
ting to a mailbox on time. One day, as I
delivered mail to the last few blocks of
a new route, I approached a small house
with pink roses growing around the front
porch. I greeted the elderly woman sitting
there and handed over a bank statement.
She looked at it closely, reading the two
names on the envelope out loud. "Yes,
that's me, " she said slowly. "J-u-lie, that's
my daughter. Julie works at a bank. I have
four daughters, all moved away. Julie's the
second; she works at a bank." Her voice
"Pretty hot out, isn't it?" I asked.
"Hot? Yes, hot, my poor roses, my
mother's roses, not as pretty in the heat."
she replied. We talked a few minutes
more before I began to inch awav "Wait,
dear," she said. "Thank you for talking to
me. It gets so lonely. Here, take some roses
home with you."
Other carriers have told me similar
stories. Some have known their customers
for decades. "Tell Jerry I said hi," a carrier
would instruct me before I started out in
the morning; or "Take the mail inside for
Mr. Gordon; he's got a broken leg."
Although we were always pressured to
finish the route quickly, we were also
encouraged to keep an eye on the neigh-
borhood. Carriers watch out for children,
make sure strangers aren't lurking about,
and worry when mail isn't collected for
an extended period. Delivering mail is a
carrier's first priority, but the job requires
In Dubuque friends praise me for lay-
ing the groundwork tor a postal career.
Yet some people at Brown scoff at such a
prospect, calling it a waste of an education.
Even though I hope to work in a field
related to my biology concentration, I con-
sider my experience at the post office in-
valuable. Postal workers make a visible con-
tribution to society and have every right
to take pride in their work. I would never
be ashamed to rejoin their ranks. c\^>
During the academic year, Suzanne Clark
delivers mail joy the Brown News Bureau.
UK OWN ALUMNI MONTHLY
On the first day of her small
seminar on aging, Associ-
ate Professor Ann Dill asks students
why they're in her class. Many pro-
fessors assume that their commit-
ment to the material is proof
enough of its usefulness, but Dill
likes to give her course a personal
touch. She has taught Sociology
141. Aging and the Quality of Life,
enough times to know that her question
will open a vein: even nineteen- and
twenty-year-olds are afraid of getting old.
"The first day of class was like a sup-
port group," says Sarah Babineau '98, a
math concentrator from southern New
Hampshire. "It was like, 'Hi, my name's
Sarah, and I'm afraid of aging.'" The ex-
ercise brings to the surface the dominant
cultural assumptions about growing old.
If we are to believe what we see in televi-
sion ads, for example, the aging process will
eventually transform healthy. Mountain
Dew-guzzling snowboarders into putter-
nig retirees who split their tune between
dabbling at hobbies and choosing the
right dietary supplement. 1 )ill designed the
course to give her students, most of
whom are premed, a more sophisticated
understanding of aging. 1 )espite inevitable
Old people are usually depicted as either feeble other type of patient, and now is
, . , . , . .- ,,., , the time to understand their
ana sick or wise ana infallible.
This course tries to get beyond the cliches.
BY CHAD GALTS
declines in health, she teaches, old people
aren't always sick people. Their catalogs of
memory and experience should afford
them special status, not dreary cubicles in
forlorn nursing homes.
Dill's class combines a heavy reading
load with on-site interviews at a local
nursing home. Students read from such
works as The Fountain of Age, by Betty
Friedan, and Worlds of Difference: Inequality
in the Aging Experience, an anthology that
analyzes the literary, sociological, economic,
and scientific facets of growing old. With
their minds spinning with fresh ideas.
Dill's students leave the classroom for the
nursing home, where they interview resi-
dents about the quality of their lives.
Often these interviews lead to regular,
voluntary visits. When they finally be-
come doctors. I )ill savs, the students will
likely sec more older people than any
humanity and depth. "Professor
Dill likes to have empirical ex-
perience mixed with the material
of the course," says Bart Kenney
'99, a premed sociology concentra-
tor from Baltimore. Even for stu-
dents who will not go into the
medical profession. Dill adds, the subject
is worth taking up. Old age isn't exactly
an exclusive club: birthdays happen.
itting around a conference table 111
a quiet room on a lower level of
the Rockefeller Library, Dill and her eight
students speak with disarming familiarity:
even though it's midsemester. the class
hasn't lost its group-therapy feel. The
week's reading is from Friedan. "She says
we're too focused on the medical model -
looking for diseases, then finding the cures
for these diseases." Dill says. Dill wants to
raise a question in her students' minds:
Older people spend more time in hospi-
tals and are more frequently subjected to
complicated, sometimes traumatic proce-
dures. [ low should this affect their care?
24 • [AM AIM II I'. K l A IM I ') ') N
"Well," she asks, "what do you think?"
Dill rarely lectures. She prefers to
blend her voice with those of her stu-
dents, guiding them into the readings but
not forcing the discussion along an inflex-
ible path. It works. Soon her students are
volleying ideas back and forth across the
table. Maintaining the quality of everyday
life should come first, one of them sug-
gests; getting old is not a disease. Another
student offers that "the health-care sys-
tem," not physicians, is at fault for the
shabby treatment of the elderly: a one-
the functional health of older people. Stu-
dents spent the semester investigating
which health issues are most problematic
for this age group, evaluating the best
methods of caring for them, and assessing
the efficiency of nursing homes. "I was
encouraged to make it more of an over-
view of the field," Dill says.
Early on she kept the course close to
its technical origins, but over time it has
drifted into what she calls, for lack of a
better word, more "humanistic" territory.
"I'm sometimes concerned that I'm not
Ann Dill's great-aunt, who in her mid-nineties
still smokes, drinks, and manages a cattle ranch,
had a major impact on Dill's scholarship.
size-tits-all approach won't work.
Victoria Brooks '98 joins the discus-
sion. "When my father was in the hospital
with cancer last year," she says, "my mom
was reading up on all these new treat-
ments and bringing stuff in for the doctor
to look at." The class becomes quiet. They
know Brooks's father died in March; she
has talked about it in class before in the
same calm, earnest voice. "The doctor
would just sort of roll his eyes - you
could tell he was thinking, 'Who are you
to be telling me this stuff?" "
After a short pause Dill speaks softly.
"There's no question we need to be more
aggressive consumers of health care, but
we need to talk about alternatives. It we
stick to the disease model of health care,
what's being left out?" Her voice is sin-
cere and concerned, but the professor in
Dill is trying to steer the discussion back
to the readings. She continues; "Nursing
homes are too often thought of as places
where people go to die. If there's too
much emphasis on diagnosis - on seeing old
people as sick people — then there's not
enough emphasis on prevention.
"You were nodding," she says to
another student. "What part of that do you
Dill, who came to Brown in 1988,
inherited Aging and the Quality
of Life from the Department of Commu-
nity Health. In its previous incarnation,
Dill says, the course was primarily con-
cerned with quantifying and measuring
giving students enough of the bench sci-
ence of gerontology," she admits. "But
much of the material in this course calls
for you to connect with it on a personal
level." She adds that her own professional
interest has shitted: "I am becoming more
concerned with the actual lived experi-
ences of older people."
This interest, Dill says, started at home.
The woman for whom she was named - a
great-aunt who, now in her mid-nineties,
still smokes, drinks, and manages a 2 so-
head cattle ranch in Missouri - is but one
of the many older relatives who have had
a major impact on Dill's view of getting
old. In a population-studies course she
took in graduate school at Columbia, Dill
was told to interview someone from
another culture about her childbearing
experience. "My great-aunt spent her
childbearing years in the Midwest around
the turn of the century," Dill explains.
"Back then, you didn't admit your preg-
nancy. You still had to engage in all the
activities of farming." The interviews
yielded more than just good data on what
it's like to bear children, however. "I real-
ized how much she could teach me about
our heritage," Dill says. "She was one of
these sharp-as-a-tack people."
1 )ill followed her interest in aging
throughout graduate school, eventually
writing a dissertation on a program that
"provided home care to so-called frail
elderly people." she says. When she came to
Brown, her work in organizational studies
and in the sociology of aging caught
the attention of Mary Hazeltine (who is
married to engineering professor Barrett
Hazeltine). Mary was so impressed with
Dill's approach she asked her to join the
board of Tockwotton, a Providence nurs-
ing home."Tockwotton was established in
1856," Dill explains, "by a group of Baptist
women who were concerned about the
lack of options available to aged women
who had accrued some resources." As a
result, for much of its history Tockwotton
maintained strict admission requirements
and remained a home for "genteel ladies"
of at least modest means. Not anymore.
Dill, who is now president of Tockwot-
ton's board, helped see to it that the sixty-
six-bed facility increased its number of
assisted-living units. She is now trying to
raise money to enable Tockwotton to
serve residents with a wider range of
incomes. The home now also admits men.
Dill's students probably won't conquer
their fear of aging by semester's end, but
she hopes the course will help them
become more aware of issues they are a
few years away from having to face them-
selves. "I view the course as a kind of
inoculation," she says. "It won't take much
to expose them to the downsides of
aging. Absent a course like this, they
might not be exposed to the gifts older
people possess. Older people have social
worth to their families and to their com-
munities - there are many possibilities for
ongoing, creative growth." c^>
For further reading:
How Old Arc Yen?: Age Consciousness
in American Culture by (Brown Profes-
sor of History) Howard P. ChudacotT
(Princeton University Press, 1989)
The Fountain of Age by Betty Friedan
(Simon & Schuster, 1993)
Number Out Days by Barbara MyerhotT
Yon 're Only Old Once! by Dr. Seuss
(Random House, 1986)
World of Difference: Inequality in the
Aging Experience by Eleanor Palo
Stoller and Rose Campbell Gibson
(Pine Forge Press, 1997)
City of Green Benches: (Ironing Old in
a New Downtown by Maria D.Vesperi;
photographs by Ricardo Ferro (Cor-
nell University Press, [985)
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Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert
Kennedy, and the Fend Tltat Defined a Decade
by Jeff Shesol '91 (W.W. Norton, syi
pages, $32.: so).
By Stephen Fox '71 Ph.D.
Our political stories seldom reach
the level ot great tragedy because
the players - especially in recent decades
- have seemed too small. Richard Nixon
or Jimmy Carter as tragic heroes? Their
troubles and ultimate defeats assumed no
truly tragic dimensions because the men
themselves had no compensating great-
ness, no grandeur of character or inten-
tion to make their ambitions more than
those of any political hack. Even the
major crises of their presidencies seem
diminished by the petty operatives, the
Ron Zieglers and Hamilton Jordans, flit-
ting through the Oval Office at the time.
But in Lyndon Johnson and Robert
Kennedy, and the tumultuous issues and
choices of the 1960s, we have the stuff
of real tragedy. Reading this book is like
re-reading a familiar murderous classic
of Greek or Shakespearean drama. We
already know the final outcome, in the
startling and terrible events of the spring
of 1968, but a malign curiosity pulls us
on. In the background, at recurrent twists
of the plot, the question of whether the
story could somehow have turned out
differently still dangles. It becomes a grave
meditation on the role of personality in
Mutual Contempt marks an impressive
literary debut by Jeff Shesol '91, best
known heretofore as the creator of the
Gen-X comic strip Thatch. The book
began as a Brown senior thesis supervised
by James T Patterson of the history de-
partment. In the years since, Shesol has
made full use ot the vast collections of
tapes, papers, and oral histories at the
Kennedy and Johnson presidential librar-
ies. Doing justice to this legwork, Shesol
has written his book with a deft sense of
pacing and story and (for the most part) a
precise, economical sense of language. On
occasion Shesol, perhaps transported by
the largeness of his themes and players,
slides into overstatement. Bobby Ken-
nedy's Justice Department did not really
harbor "the sharpest lawyers of his gener-
ation" (the Republicans, after all, had
some sharp lawyers too), and even Daniel
Patrick Moynihan would probably not
For three years Jeff Shesol divided seven-day workweeks
between Mutual Contempt and Thatch, his nationally syndi-
cated political comic strip. "I had one looming deadline for the
book and two a week for the strip," says the former Rhodes
scholar. "I think I was energized by having these two kinds of
discrete jobs. Being at that constant level of creative output
was good for everything I did." Apparently so. The twenty-eight-year-old's book,
which started as a senior thesis under the direction of Professor of History James
Patterson, has received glowing reviews in the New York Times, the Washington
Post, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. While thankful for the praise,
Shesol is quick to acknowledge the importance of Patterson's input. "When he saw
the proposal in 1990," Shesol says, "I think he was a little wary - everybody wants
to write about the Kennedys." Once the project was under way, however, Patterson
"went above and beyond the call of duty for a thesis adviser." - Chad Gaits
describe himself as "unerringly brilliant."
But these are minor flaws of enthusiasm
in a bravura performance.
Picking his way though a historio-
graphic field littered with the work of
partisans and court historians, Shesol is
remarkably balanced and fair to both pro-
tagonists. Perhaps too fair: the author pre-
sents Johnson and Kennedy as essentially
good men, with similar idealisms and
sympathies for the disadvantaged, who
were undone by their private vendetta.
Shesol thus does not fully appreciate the
selfish, darker strains in both figures. In
explaining Bobby's background and per-
sonality, for example, Shesol gives insuffi-
cient attention to his father, old Joe, the
most sinister (and interesting) of all the
Kennedys. Joseph P. Kennedy relentlessly
masterminded the careers of all his kids.
Of the three surviving sons, Bobby most
resembled the old man in his instincts and
Joe Kennedy does appear in this book,
but his role is reduced. Shesol notes that
Johnson, as Senate majority leader in
1957, gave John Kennedy the coveted seat
he wanted on the Foreign Relations
Committee. Shesol does not mention
that, according to Johnson's later recollec-
tion, he did so because of the irresistible
lobbying and promised favors of Joe
Kennedy. (On this point, see Doris Kearns
Goodwin's book The Fitzgeralds and the
Kennedys, an important source - based on
exclusive access to the papers of Joe and
Rose Kennedy - that escaped Shesol's
otherwise exhaustive research.)
Some of Mutual Contempt's most vivid
passages are drawn from recently released
audiotapes of Oval Office conversations
and phone calls. Contemporary historians
often lament the demise of letter-writing
as a reduction of the available historical
record. To some extent, these secret White
House tapes may compensate tor missing
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private letters. A confidential letter,
though, has the singular advantage of can-
dor and intimacy on both sides of the
exchange. For the White House tapes,
usually only the president and his inner
circle knew of the recording while others
in the room, or on the phone, did not.
The result is an unbalanced intimacy in
which the president, knowing he is
speaking tor the ages, fashions his remarks
accordingly, while all others think they
are speaking in private. In a telling aside,
Shesol notes that Bobby, at a White
House meeting in the summer of 1964,
saw that a speakerphone was set to record
the occasion — and therefore did not
speak candidly. In general, the tapes
quoted by Shesol provide a bracing
immediacy and drama but do not alter
our essential sense ot what happened.
The whole story has never before
been told so well, in such detail, and with
such authority. To understand the tangled
relations of LBJ and RFK, Shesol empha-
sizes their immense differences in person-
ality and background, and then details
the issues — especially the wars on Viet-
nam and poverty — that came to divide
them. To these factors I would add the
cumulative effect of events themselves: in
i960, Johnson insulting Joe Kennedy as
a Hitler-appeaser, and then Bobby trying
to deny Johnson the vice-presidential
nomination after it had been offered to
him; in the Kennedy White House, the
eclipse of LBJ and the rise of RFK to the
right hand of the president; the mutual
recriminations of November 1963, fol-
lowed by sudden reversals of fortune for
both men, and then the grim plots and
muttering suspicions of the remaining
four years. Events pile up. closing some
doors while opening others, and take on
their own inexorable momentum.
Ultimately the 1960s would probably
not have happened any differently in
broad outline had Johnson and Kennedy
not loathed each other. Kennedy doubted
the war in part because it was Johnson's
war, and LBJ resisted his Vietnam critics in
part because Bobby was one of them -
but both men already had fully adequate
reasons for those actions. The events of
the era consumed all its personalities, even
the largest. Our lasting sense of Johnson
and Kennedy is of two monumental yet
touchy egos, bouncing around and collid-
ing randomly in a cosmic pinball game,
and finally defeated by their tragic times.
Stephen Fox is the author most manly of
Blood and Power: Organized Crime in
[wentieth-( lentury America.
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vis iimiiii ri
The Melting Pot
Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir by Peter Bal-
akian '80 Ph.D. (Basic Books, 289 pages,
By Barbara Bejoian '84 A.M.
A horrible secret lurked at the edges
of Peter Balakian's placid and
privileged childhood in 1950s New Jersey.
Measuring time by the crack of Yankees'
bats, the crisp shouts of football games,
and the sleepy whir of lawnmowers in
suburban Tenafly, Balakian gave little
thought to his family's Armenian origins.
He had no idea that his maternal grand-
mother, Nafina Aroosian, had survived
one of the most brutal massacres of the
century. Grandmother Aroosian wasn't
one for reminiscing. She would bake
sweet Armenian shortbread, called choereg,
and entertain her grandson with parables.
Once upon a time, began one of
Grandmother Aroosian s tales, two women
made offerings to the goddess of fate.
One brought a young lamb stuffed with
pomegranates, almonds, apricots, and pilaf;
its eyes were set with rubies. The other
brought a dead black dog with a wormy
apple in its mouth. The goddess rejected
the lamb and accepted the dog. "The dog
represented hope and mystery," Balakian's
grandmother told him. "The dog tells us
that appearances are deceiving. The world
is not what you think."
In Black Dog of Fate, Balakian shows
he has much in common with the god-
dess of fate. The family history he uncov-
ers in this memoir is disturbing, but he
chooses to face and embrace the truth
and its attendant mysteries. Between April
and October ot 191s the Turkish govern-
ment sent [.2 million Armenians into the
Syrian desert with no food or water. As
Christians in a Muslim country, Arme-
nians were this century's earliest victims
of ethnic cleansing. Their homes were
pillaged, and the bodies of the dead —
including Natina Aroosian's husband and
many other family members - were
picked clean by thieves as they fell.
In quiet Tenafly, however, the slaughter
and starvation of ancestors wasn't "suit-
able for conversation," Balakian writes.
But shortly after his grandmother's death,
an aunt presented him with a copy of
Nafina's compensation claim against the
Turkish government for the loss of her
relatives who died during the march. A
chilling account of the atrocities she'd
experienced, Nafina's document threw
open the "stone door" with which Bal-
akian's parents had closed off the past. •
The author's journey to understand that
past often bristles with barely concealed
rage, but Balakian, an English professor at
Colgate who has written four books of
poetry and a study of Theodore Roethke,
never loses control.
There is a bright side to his family's
history: survival. Balakian's reconciliation
with his ancestry is part ot a larger social,
political, and historical landscape he paints
of his life. Grandmother Aroosian liked
nothing better than to smoke a pipe and
watch Yankees games on television with
her grandson. Balakian and his father
often took in football games at Colum-
bia's Baker Field. His mother's answer to
fast food was Armenian lahmajoon - flat
bread with ground lamb, beef, and
chopped vegetables. For the most part,
Balakian's ability to balance a wistful nos-
talgia tor his ethnic roots with his grow-
ing awareness of past atrocities keeps the
book out of overtly polemical territory.
His story is as much about being Amer-
ican as it is about becoming Armenian.
In the book's conclusion, however,
Balakian takes off his gloves. The
1915 massacre has never been officially
acknowledged by the Turkish goverment,
and the United States, sensitive to
Turkey's strategic importance as a mem-
ber of NATO, has chosen to ignore this
ugly chapter from its recent past. "The
Armenian holocaust deserves to take its
rightful moral place in history," Balakian
writes. "For a generation for whom there
could be no justice, the pain is com-
pounded by the evil denial." Not all
Armenian Americans share Balakian's
tortured family history, but most agree
that it's time the past is acknowledged.
Barbara Bcjoitin is a playwright ami a visiting
Lamer in Brown's English department.
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Growing Up Puerto Mean: An Anthology,
edited by Joy L. De Jesus '95 A.M. (Wil-
liam Morrow and Company, 229 pages,
As a child, Joy De Jesus read "every-
thing from the World Book Encyclopedia
to Anne of Green Gables to Gone With the
Wind" she writes. "But it wasn't until my
first year of college that I encountered
literature written by a tellow Puerto
Rican." Enchanted by Tato Laviera's po-
etry, De Jesus continued exploring Puerto
Rican literature in graduate school at
Brown. Now readers can sample the rich-
ness of Puerto Rican prose in the twenty
selections that make up De Jesus's eclectic
collection. From an autobiographical rev-
erie on the corner bodega to a tale of one
girl's secret love, these writings illuminate
the cultural ambiguity - American or
Puerto Rican? black or Hispanic? - inher-
ent in the authors' life stories.
Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited,
edited by Rick Moody 'S3 and Darcey
Steinke (Little, Brown, 250 pages, $23.95).
Entering middle age, baby-boomers
have run smack into the old puzzles: Who
are we, where did we come from, and
where are we going? As they wrestle with
metaphysical riddles, some are drawn to
the religions of their youth. And Gen X is
right on their heels - or so it seems in this
anthology. Novelists Moody (The Ice
Storm) and Steinke bring us the latter-day
Biblical ruminations of twenty-one
young and middle-aged writers raised as
Christians. "My generation abdicates its
responsibilities when faced with the
chance to articulate what it believes,"
Moody complains in his introduction. No
such reticence afflicts the essayists, how-
ever. Here we have Madison Smartt Bell
reveling in St. Paul's poetry and describ-
ing an epiphany at a vaudou ceremony in
Haiti. In another essay, Ann Powers pon-
ders Jesus's powerful appeal to teenagers.
Writer bell hooks lauds a passage in the
First Epistle of John. "We cannot know
love," she writes, "if we remain unable to
surrender our attachment to power."
The Eighties: A Reader, edited by Gilbert
T. Sewall '70 A.M. (Addison-Wesley, 366
Gilbert Sewall, a New York-based edu-
cation critic, found himself wondering
in the 1980s "why people were finding
the fast-lane lifestyle such a kick." His
curiosity ultimately led to this collection
of forty-one essays on the era and its
excesses by such diverse commentators as
Eric Boghosian, Irving Kristol, Shelby
Steele, and Christina Hoff Sommers.
"The culture wars of the eighties have not
ended," Sewall observes in his introduc-
tory essay. One combatant, Brown history
professor Stephen Graubard, went head-
to-head with then-Secretary of Educa-
tion William J. Bennett on the question
ot the so-called Western canon. In 1988,
Bennett criticized Stanford for broaden-
ing its required freshman course, formerly
known as Western Culture. "Only a mind
paralyzed by yesterday's values," scolded
Graubard in a NewYork Times op-ed piece
reprinted in Sewall's book, "will demand
that [syllabus changes] be weighed on
some mythical scale to determine their
cultural worth." - Anne Dijfily
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In the Jordanian
desert, a Brown team
is uncovering a
culture is as lovely
as it is strange.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN FORASTE / TEXT BY NORMAN BOUCHER
1 never thought this would be possi-
\ ble," says Martha Sharp Joukowsky
'58. "It's like going to Rome and say-
ing, 'I'd like to dig here.' " Since 1993,
J Joukowsky, a professor of archaeol-
ogy, has been leading groups of Brown students to
the ancient Middle Eastern city of Petra. For ten
weeks each summer, in temperatures that easily ex-
ceed 100 degrees, they dig alongside members of
four local Bedouin tribes. In Petra, which sits in a
remote, beautiful, and relatively undisturbed rift in
the Shara Mountains of southern Jordan, Joukowsky
has found her inspiration and purpose.
"Petra is enigmatic," she says. "It appears solitary.
You're in the middle of the desert, yet you go down
to Petra. The mountains are towering all around,
and at every bend, there's something new to see."
Much of Petra remains undiscovered; only two per-
cent of the central city has been excavated. Although
it later became an im-
portant Roman and
Byzantine city, Petra
reached its peak under
the Nabataeans, an
Arab tribe whose
civilization lasted a
mere 300 years, from
roughly 200 B.C.. to
100 a.d. Petra was
the Nabataean capi-
tal, decorated with a
splendor that suggests
its position as an im-
portant cultural and
financial center of the
ancient world. "The
Nabataeans were no-
mads," Joukowsky explains, "who became rich from
controlling the trading routes. Suddenly they've got
all the money in world to do what they want. And
what do they do? They build a city."
The view of Pharoah's Treasury (facing page), as seen through
the Siq. Using a portable radio, Martha Joukowsky (above)
directs the excavation of an arched trench at the Great Temple.
Although Petra's numerous tombs have made
some visitors think of it as a city of the dead,
Joukowsky explains that it was in fact a bustling,
noisy metropolis of 30,000 people. But who those
people were, how they lived, and what they believed
is still largely buried in the desert sand. Until a few
years ago, the story of the Nabataeans was a badly
fragmented narrative pieced together from the sparse
accounts of a few ancient historians. Thanks to the
efforts of Joukowsky and her colleagues, the narra-
tive is filling out, its details gleaned from the great
buildings the Nabataeans left behind.
Petra, in fact, has become so well-known that
more than 10,000 tourists visit the remote site
each year. Joukowsky has guided such world leaders
as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher
through the excavation. Almost all visitors, whether
famous politicians or anonymous pilgrims,
enter the city through
the Siq, a narrow,
shadowy cleft worn
through the moun-
tains by the rushing
winter floods. Emerg-
ing from the Siq, vis-
itors first see the par-
Pharoah's Treasury, or
Kashne el Far'un, which
the Nabataeans carved
from the very flanks of
Petra's dry mountains.
According to Naba-
taean legend, the ten-
foot-high urn in the
facades second story
is filled with Pharoah's treasure. Until recently, the
Bedouin were said to fire their rifles at the urn, hop-
ing it would one day fall to pieces and shower them
with gold and jewels.
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Above: A detail from one of the temple's
capitals shows the finely detailed carving
of leaves and vines.
Right: An overview of the Great Temple
and the Valley of Moses, or Wadi Musa
showing, at bottom, the remains of a
cobbled Roman road and above it, the
steps leading to the temple. Above
the steps, in the lower sacred area, or
feme/105, three rows of columns have
been exposed. Above them is the heart
of the temple; the excavated portion
of the semicircular theatron can be seen
beyond the double row of large columns.
Opposite page: The temple columns were
constructed of sandstone drums (top)
later toppled by earthquakes. Digging at
Petra occasionally requires removing
large amounts of sand (center), which
moves freely during winter floods. A high-
light of the 1997 digging season was
uncovering the base of a column (bottom)
in the rear of the temple; the base and
stairs were buried under nearly twenty-
three feet of sand.
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nlike the Kashne, many other buildings
in Petra are freestanding. The largest of
these is the Great Temple, the focus of
the Brown team's work for the past five
years. Standing in the most sacred
precinct ot the city, the temple is covered by as many as
twenty-one feet of sand. When Joukowsky surveyed the
surface in 1993, architectural fragments littered the site,
and columns lay toppled on their sides, eroded and bro-
ken after centuries of earthquakes and floods.
Using techniques ranging from aerial pho-
tography, laser surveys, and computer recon-
struction to simple digging, [oukowsky s team
has gradually described a structure of elaborate
and delicate beauty, constructed by stone
carvers the Nabataeans probably brought in
from Alexandria. These artisans embellished
their work in a style that combined native and
Hellenic influences. Inside the great temples
are columns with capitals in the form of ele-
phant heads or chiseled into the delicate shapes
of acanthus leaves. Exposed by the Brown team
are stone canopies of flowering vines; hanging
from them, in Joukowsky's words, are "the
richest imaginable profusion of flowers and
fruits." In modern geographic terms, the
Nabataeans once controlled portions of Syria,
Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, as well as all of Jordan,
the Israeli Negev, and Sinai. Petra's ornate
buildings were a vivid symbol of this mysteri-
ous colonial power.
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he Great Temple of Petra is also a
Tn great Brown classroom. Elizabeth
Payne '95, an archaeology graduate
student at Boston University, has
J been working there every summer
since her sophomore year. Joukowsky, she says, differs
from most archaeologists in being equally devoted to
teaching and research.
"A lot of scholars tend to gear their research
toward graduate students," Payne says. "But Martha
allows undergraduates to lead their own trench exca-
vations - I led my first when I was a junior - and
then write final reports in which they describe what
they've found and try to piece together which things
came first." Joukowsky enjoys watching undergradu-
ates mature under the hot Jordanian sun. "Petra is
really a testing ground, a proving ground for them,"
she says. "At Petra they discover how far they can
push themselves physically, emotionally, mentally."
Students also learn from the Bedouin. "In addi-
tion to the interactions with the ancient world,"
Payne says, "there are interactions with the modern
world as well." The Bedul, as the local Bedouin tribe
is known, claim to be the descendants of a legendary
Nabataean king. Today they try to adapt to a world
where nomads can no longer roam freely to tend
their herds of goats, (oukowsky reports that most
Bedul now live in overcrowded government hous-
ing, where, despite better schools and health clinics,
they resent the loss of their traditional ways.
Such tensions seldom surface during the excavat-
ing season, though, and the students are over-
whelmed by the tribes' ethic of hospitality. Pots of tea
appear seemingly out of nowhere, and close friend-
ships have developed between members ot the
Brown team and local tribesmen. "The Bedouin have
this marvelous sense of attachment," Joukowsky says.
"If somebody dies in one of their families, we go and
sit. When someone marries, we give a fifty-pound
sack of rice and sacks of sugar and tea. As much as we
can be, we are part of their fabric."
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Artist Simon Sullivan '95 (facing
page, top) draws a freshly unearthed
artifact. Dakhilallah Qublan (facing
page, bottom), foreman of the dig's
Jordanian workers, refreshes himself
with tea. The workers, mostly Bedouin
tribesmen, "are a joy," says Martha
Joukowsky. "They are hard workers,
fiercely loyal, and full of fun."
With pickax and hand tools (right),
Bedouins and members of the Brown
team dig together in the trenches
and hot sun. Eventually, it's time for
everyone to escape the heat and
assemble in the shade of tarps (below)
for refreshments and relaxing talk.
s the Petra dig has progressed, it has
illuminated the solutions to some
mysteries and has found new and
deeper ones. Chief among them is
the temple's purpose. Two summers
ago, Joukowsky and her crew uncovered what she
believes to be a 300-seat theatron (Greek for "a place
of seeing"). The discovery suggests the temple may
have been a civic site at one time, or may have played
more than one role m Nabataean culture. "It either
has to be a religious building or a civic building,"
Joukowsky says of the Great Temple, adding that
there is no known example in antiquity of a temple
suddenly becoming a secular building. "I'm still
clinging to the idea that it was originally built as a
temple. Perhaps the theatron could have been the
highest religious court in Petra, which considered
matters of life and death. But we don't have an altar
yet," Joukowsky says. "If we find the altar, we can
pretty much say it's a temple."
Until the winter rains end and the June heat
begins to build, Joukowsky will have to be content
with sifting through the mountain of data she has
already collected. She will pore over almost 1,000
photos taken by her husband, University Chancellor
Artemis A.W. Joukowsky '55, who serves as the exca-
vation's photographer. She will continue to teach, and
she will decide which students get to fill the Petra
camp's seventeen beds this coming summer. Most of
all, Martha Joukowsky will ponder the ways of the
Nabataeans, who, she says, "took everything they
knew of the world and carved it into stone." O^
Joukowsky finds that undergraduates
thrive when allowed the kind of
responsibility and independence usu-
ally reserved for graduate students
in the field. Katrina Haile '99 and
Margaret Parker '99 (above, left to
right) set a level in preparation for
documenting the contents of their
trench. Laurel Bestock '99 (left) traces
a piece of pottery indoors when the
afternoon sun is too fierce to allow
VB \ 1 1 11 iiuaiiv 1 998
Other archaeologists working in the
Byzantine church across the Roman
road from the Great Temple have
recently uncovered some spectacular
mosaics (right), as well as important
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE ♦ 37
Filling the Canvas
Art is a quest for inspiration and meaning.
Or is it? A group of aspiring artists
goes to New York and learns that art
is a business, too.
Aboard a chartered bus idling outside the List
Art Center on a raw, dark November morn-
ing, visual arts professor Richard Fishman is shouting
into his cellular phone. "Get outta bed!" he bellows,
causing answering machines to jump all over campus.
"We'll have to leave you if you're not here by 6:30."
By 6:35, the bus is merging onto an all-but-aban-
doned Interstate 95, carrying thirty-nine of the forty-
five students who signed up for this trip. Cowlicked,
unshaven, and nearly comatose, they settle down for the
four-hour journey to Manhattan. Someone pops in a
videotape of Tlic Godfather, and those who aren't already
unconscious nod off to the sound of gunfire.
The students don't know it yet, but the whirlwind
tour they're about to undertake - of galleries, museums,
and meetings with alumni - will amount to a second
wake-up call, this one having to do with their assump-
tions about what constitutes a career m art. For these
aspiring artists are about to learn firsthand that the art
world is a complicated, often crass place, and that being
an artist means more than splashing pamt on canvases
and creating sculptures from scrap metal.
A highly regarded sculptor himself , Fishman is an
old pro at organizing such pointed adventures, having
chaperoned one-day New York City trips for the past
fifteen years. This semester he has invited students from
two courses - Introductory Drawing and Advanced
Studio Foundation - and from his department's honors
program. Fishman hopes the trip will make students
aware of protession.il choices they might not normally
consider. "There's .1 business side and a curatorial side"
to the art work!, he says, "and not everyone who is
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interested in art ends up as a painter or sculptor." To help
make these points, he has enlisted the help of a gallery
director, two painters with very different careers, and a
The trip's freewheeling design dovetails with Fish-
man's pedagogical style, which he describes as "less like
teaching and more like leading students toward some-
thing they discover themselves." Over the course of the
day. Fishman will pepper his students with questions and
present them with a variety of personalities and settings.
but he will not draw conclusions for them. They must
connect the dots and figure out for themselves how they
might one day fit into the art world - or if they will at all.
BY TORRI STILL
Fantail, a metal sculpture
by John Chamberlain,
is one of the works on
display at the Leo
Castelli Gallery, where
Morgan Spangle '81
(far left) is the director.
Below, Keith Craw '98
Rosenquist's Two 1959
People, also part of the
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE • 39
At 10:30 the bus pulls up in front of the Leo
Castelli Gallery in S0H0. Fishman leads his
coterie up a flight of stairs, and they emerge into a large,
spare, white room with hardwood floors; its walls are
covered with works by Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and
James Rosenquist. Lingering is cut short, though, when
Fishman ushers in Morgan Spangle '81, the gallery's
director. There are sarcastic murmurs of "nice shoes" -
Spangle's fine, doublebreasted suit and shiny loafers elicit
suspicion from the nose-ringed, jean-clad crowd.
Spangle speaks briefly about his transition from
painter to gallery director - a path that included gradu-
ate school at the Art Institute of Chicago and stints at
various galleries and at Christie's, the auction house —
then touches upon the state of the art world in the late
1990s. "Like the sixties, it's a pluralistic time," he says.
"There is no overriding, dominant movement. And
because there are more galleries — and now Web sites -
there is more opportunity to gain recognition than
there was even ten years ago." Spangle, who is late for
a meeting, departs as abruptly as
Afterward, on the street outside the gallery, a sopho-
more named Michael grumbles, "I wasn't expecting Span-
gle to be such a symbol of white male power." Many in
the group seem dispirited to learn that the commercial
side of the art world operates with the same bottom-
line mentality and hurried pace as the "real" business
world. The gallery scene is "snotty," opines Karl Haendel
'98. Fortunately, Fishman has arranged tor an antidote.
By 11:30 the students are sitting cross-legged on the
floor of another spare white room several blocks away, at
Jay Gorney Modern Art. Fishman introduces Keith
Mayerson '88 by explaining that he thought it impor-
tant for a "starving artist" to balance the students'
impression of the elite S0H0 gallery scene. Although
Mayerson may not fit the bill of "starving artist," his
critically acclaimed exhibition at Jay Gorney is his first
solo show in New York.
The tall, lean Mayerson offers encouragement tem-
pered with realism, recounting his evolution from Brown
Daily Herald cartoonist (Slice of Mayo) to an artist with
his own show. He set out to be a cartoonist for the New
Yorker but quickly grew disillusioned with "having to
Standing in front of two of his
paintings, Keith Mayerson '88
explains that a gallery is simply
a "nice, elite store."
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Annie Kirby '01,
Rachel Zoffness '98,
and Brendan Kramp'98
Schnabel's Young Man
on the Road to Hell;
turn every concept into something funny"
and opted for the M.F.A. program at the
University of California-Irvine instead. He
is blunt about the practical side of an artis-
tic career: "Look. You could make more
money doing a multitude of other things.
'ortrait You'll discover this later on, when your
friends are bringing home six-figure
salaries." But when Mayerson describes his
love of art, thirty-nine upturned faces
break into smiles. "Art is a progression of
ideas," he reminds them. "It pushes the
boundaries of the way I think and the way other people
think. Artists who are known for their important ideas —
those are the people who win in the end."
Walking to the next stop, Alice, a sophomore, and
Michael sort out their impressions of the two alumni
they've met this morning. "There's quite a contrast
between the Brown graduate who stays an artist and the
one who decides to sell art," mulls Alice. Then, with a
heavy sigh, she adds, "I'm also realizing how insignifi-
cant four years of undergraduate education are." The
M.F.A. question looms after both Spangle and Mayerson
have discussed the benefits of graduate school.
Calvin Burton '01 and Sarah Raymont '99 have a
less polarized take on the art world. "It's not like gallery-
management types can be the only ones who are sell-
outs," says Raymont. "You can sell out as a painter, too, if
you start painting just for a particular audience." Burton
agrees. "As long as you're doing your paintings, it doesn't
matter what you do to pay the bills," he says.
As if to prove a point, the next session is with the
renowned painter Julian Schnabel, whom the students
are noticeably eager to meet.
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A Portrait of Vito
(age 10) towers
over artist Julian
When the students enter the Pace/Wilder-
stein Gallery shortly after noon, Schnabel is
standing among his paintings, smoking a cigarette and
wearing sunglasses. He greets Fishman, motions for the
students to sit on the floor, and sits down himself,
slouching against the wall beneath an enormous nude
portrait of his son.
"1 was out really late last night," he explains un-
apologetically, summoning an assistant to dispose ot his
cigarette. "I'm forty-six years old. I started painting when
I was three, and I'm not good at anything else. I've been
showing art in New York for twenty years. ... I don't
think about the 'public' It might sound ridiculous, but I've
made the paintings for myself. Painting makes me calm."
At first, the students are captivated by Schnabel's
monologue on his career and the state of art, but their
attention begins to ebb after a half-hour of sitting on
the hardwood floor, straining to hear the artist's soft
voice. Some wander through the gallery; others stare
into space. But when Schnabel concludes his talk and
walks around the gallery to discuss individual paintings,
they snap back to attention, encircling him at each stop
and bombarding him with questions. Fishman cuts the
session short so Schnabel can escape to his waiting car
and driver. The students seem a bit stunned by this
glimpse of an artist who has made it big. "Schnabel may
be arrogant," Karl Haendel observes, "but at least he's up
front about it."
"It's impressive that Professor Fishman has lined up
so many important people," notes Lauren Bessen '01
after lunch. "Hearing about Keith Mayerson's experi-
ences was really valuable, especially about his transition
from Brown to an art career." Lulu Hansen '01 adds,
"Spangle's career didn't have much in common with
what we do, but it's good to hear about someone who's
taken a different path."
Fishman finds such comments helpful in planning
future trips. "Meeting a major celebrity is always exciting."
he says, adding that for the students, "it seems most im-
portant to meet with people who give insight into art."
The students' glowing comments about Mayerson, some-
one whom they can relate to as a Brown graduate and
young struggling artist, seem to support Fishman's theory.
Lyn Rasic '98,
Barbara Martinez '98,
and Denise Bilbao '98
take a closer look at a
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^^ y mid-afternoon, assistant curator Betsy Car-
\i^^ penter is leading the students through a Robert
Rauschenberg retrospective at the Guggenheim
Museum-SoHo. There are audible murmurs ot"Cool!"
and "I like that." But the students' feet are dragging by
this point, and each time Carpenter pauses at a work,
the group drops, one by one, to the floor. Fishman
assesses the prevailing mood - exhaustion - and asks
Carpenter to describe her job. Carpenter talks about the
benefits of working in a museum, such as the non-hier-
archical staff structure and the fact that projects are tack-
led in teams. She also discusses how to balance employ-
ment with graduate school (she's a doctoral student in
art history). Even though few ot the students plan to
work as curators, they seem interested in knowing about
their options —just in case.
It is dark when the students emerge from the
Guggenheim, and a fierce wind rips down Broadway as
they huddle together waiting for the bus. They are off to
their fifth stop ot the day, purposely left blank on their
printed schedules. Fishman directs the driver to China-
town, where as a surprise he has arranged for a Viet-
namese restaurant to serve a multicourse meal.
Back aboard the bus to Providence, the group is loud
and giddy. Fishman tries to harness the excess energy by
asking tor impressions ot the trip. "So, kids," he begins,
microphone in hand. "What did you learn today?"
"That the future of art is ideas, not drawing skills,"
someone shouts back.
"Interesting. Can anyone expand on that?" Fishman
Silence. Then: "I just wanna know it anyone has seen
my water bottle," a plaintive voice inquires from the rear
of the bus.
"Fair enough," Fishman says. Clearly the symposium
has ended for the day. "Want me to pop in The Godfather?'
"Fishman, you are the Godfather," says a voice from
Their professor grins. "Yep," he says."] guess I am."0^>
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David Rohde '90
evidence of Europe's
since World War II.
Now he wonders:
Will his work
make any difference?
BY NORMAN BOUCHER
On April 16, 1993, the
United Nations estab-
lished its first-ever "safe
area" in the mining city
of Srebrenica, which lies
in Bosnia-Herzegovina about ten miles
west of its border with Serbia. In the year
since war had broken out in Bosnia, the
population of Srebrenica (pronounced
Sre-bre-NEET-s<i) and the surrounding
thirty square miles had swelled from just
under 40,000 people to about 60,000.
The safe area, which eventually became
one of six in Bosnia, was part of a new
UN. strategy aimed at remain-
ing neutral in the war while pro-
viding relatively secure sites for
civilians and refugees.
On July 6, 1995, while the
attention of the world was on
the capital city of Sarajevo,
Bosnian Serbs, using artillery,
tanks, and rockets, began an
assault on the Srebrenica safe
area. By mid-July, Srebrenica had
fallen. Bosnian Muslims who
managed to escape the fighting
told gruesome stories of rape,
slaughter, and mass executions.
They told ot men being lined up
in group after group, gunned
down with machine guns, and then bull-
dozed into pits and covered with earth.
After the survivors' stories became
public, U.S. intelligence analysts reexam-
ined satellite photographs taken in July
and found two of particular interest. In
one, people are clustered in a soccer field
in Nova Kasaba, a village about fourteen
miles west ot Srebrenica; in a photograph
taken a few days later, the soccer field is
empty and in a meadow a half-mile away
are three areas where the earth has appar-
ently been recently dug up. The analysts,
however, could not determine from the
photographs whether these sites con-
tamed any evidence of the reported mas-
sacres or any clue about what happened
to the thousands of Muslim men missing
from the area. The International Commit-
tee of the Red Cross later set the number
of missing at 7,079, all but a handful of
On August 10. 1995, 1 )avid Rohde '90,
a twenty-eight-year-old reporter for the
Christum Science Monitor, entered Serbian-
controlled Bosnia under the pretext he
was going to the city of Pale, which the
Bosnian Serbs claimed as their capital.
With him were a Serb driver and a Serb
translator. Out of sight in the car was a fax
of the aerial photo the CIA had released
showing freshly turned earth. Having first
driven to Pale a few days before, Rohde
knew the road to the city passed near Sre-
brenica. As they approached, Rohde asked
the driver to stop in Nova Kasaba. Like
most Serbs, the driver did not believe the
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stories about the Srebrenica massacres, so
he saw little harm in granting the Amer-
ican reporters whim.
Rohde stepped out of the car and
searched the area for two hours. He found
Muslim prayer beads, handwritten meet-
ing notes that included a list of Muslim
names, various other Srebrenica docu-
ments, two empty ammunition boxes, and
a 1982 elementary-school diploma for a
boy with a Muslim name. He found areas
of freshly turned earth, but nothing to
indicate for certain that they were grave
sites. As Rohde searched, he heard rifle
shots now and then in the nearby woods;
later he would realize it was the sound of
Bosnian Serb soldiers "Muslim hunting."
Crowing increasingly nervous, he began
making his way back toward the car. He
spotted one last gulley he hadn't exam-
ined, and descended into it. There he
found another freshly dug site. Protruding
from it were the remains of a human leg.
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As Rohde emerged from the gulley, a
truckload of Bosnian Serb soldiers
approached down the road. Rohde waved
as they passed, feigning nonchalance.
Continuing on toward his car, Rohde
heard the truck's brakes begin to squeal.
He thought: They're coming back for
me. Then he realized the truck was only
slowing down for a curve in the road.
Rohde never made it to Pale. Instead
he raced back to Belgrade and called
his editor. "I found a leg!" he yelled into
the phone. "I found a
leg!" He had become the
first reporter to visit the
sites described by Srebre-
nica's survivors since the
city had fallen. The next
April, after two more
months of work, includ-
ing another clandestine
visit to more suspected
grave sites and ten days
spent as a Serb prisoner,
Rohde was awarded the
Pulitzer Prize for interna-
tional reporting. His jour-
nalism had helped estab-
lish that between July 12
and July 16, 1995, Bosnian
Serb soldiers had hunted
down and executed more
than 7,000 unarmed Mus-
lim men. Europe had seen
its largest single massacre
since World War 11.
Less than two years before find-
ing the first evidence of that
massacre, David Rohde was
covering school board hear-
ings in the Bucks County
town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The
route to Bosnia had been an unlikely
one. As a history concentrator specializ-
ing 111 East Asian history at Brown,
Rohde had had little interest in journal-
ism, even though he had been the editor
of his high school newspaper in the west-
ern Maine town of Center Lovell. "1
thought 1 would become a history pro-
lessor after college or work in a think
tank," he says. "I here were long periods
when I didn't want to become a foreign
correspondent because I thought I'd end
up drunk and lonely."
Rohde had difficulty getting into
Brown. The University rejected him when
he applied out of high school, and
changed its mind only after Rohde had
spent two years at Bates College in Maine.
Once on campus Rohde was both im-
pressed and overwhelmed. "The thing
about Brown was the caliber of the peo-
ple," he says. "At the same time, I was
intimidated. There were all these cool kids
from New York who dressed in black and
smoked cigarettes." Although he wrote a
few articles for Issues and the College Hill
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Independent, Rohde remained largely
invisible on campus, "a dork with few
friends," he says. He attributes his drive to
succeed from his mother, now divorced
from Rohde's father and a successful
business executive, but his father, he adds,
"was very very very very very strong
about never having an attitude that you're
better than anyone else." Thanks in part
to this ethic, for most of his two years at
the University, Rohde volunteered off-
campus at the Dorothy Day drop-in cen-
ter in Providence and taught English as a
Second Language at Pawtucket's Progreso
Latino. Although his activities may have
seemed aimless at the time, he now says
they were part of a broader pattern in his
life "of trying to juggle the real world and
There was, however, one course at
Brown - and one professor - that would
later exert a great influence on Rohde's
choice of profession. In the fall of 19S9,
he enrolled in a seminar with Roger
Henkle, a professor of English and a
founder of Brown's Center for Modern
Culture and Media (now an academic
department). Before coming to Brown,
Henkle, who was only fifty-five when
he died of a heart attack while jogging
in 1991, had been a co-founder and man-
aging editor of the San Francisco Bay
Guardian. At the University he influenced
many future journalists, despite his spe-
cialty in Victorian litera-
ture. "Henkle was different
from my other professors
at Brown," Rohde says.
"He paid a tremendous
amount of attention to
you. And he combined
the theoretical with the
practical. We would apply
semiotics or literary theory
to a story that would
have an effect in the real
world." Henkle's brilliance
as a teacher is evident in
the fate of his students.
Among those in Rohde's
seminar were Gordon
Chambers '90, who is
now an editor at Essence:
Andrew Corsello '90, a
writer at GQ: Kermit Pat-
tison '90, who became a
reporter for the Los Ange-
les Daily News; and Vernon Silver '91, a
former Brawn Daily Herald editor who has
covered Cuba as a freelance journalist.
After graduating, Rohde moved to
New York City and took internships
and low-level jobs at such places as the
I 'illage I bice and ABC News's World Sews
Tonight. But working at ABC was unsatis-
factory. As a production secretary for the
news show's investigative unit, Rohde did
little more than answer phones. By the
summer of 1991, he'd decided he wanted
to be out reporting. In July he applied for
a visa to teach English in Lithuania, hop-
ing he could also report newspaper stories
from there. He sent letters to the Asso-
ciated Press and the New York Times, but
they were uninterested in an inexperi-
enced reporter who did not even speak
Russian. Then on August t8 the KGB
attempted to overthrow Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev."! answer the phone at
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World News Tonight," Rohde recalls, "and
it's Bernard Gwertzman, who was then
the foreign editor at the Times. He says,
'You really got this visa? How soon can
you leave?' I had just turned twenty-four."
In Lithuania and Latvia, Rohde wrote
for the Associated Press and published
two stories in the New York Times, one
for the business section and one for the
sports section. It was not an auspicious
debut: "They had to run a correction for
the sports story," he says. Lonely, frus-
trated with the hit-or-miss lite ot a tree-
lance reporter in a foreign
country, Rohde returned to
the United States and spent
the next year at a series of
menial jobs and unsuccessful
attempts at breaking into jour-
nalism. He was finally hired
in June 1993 by the Philadel-
phia Inquirer as part of a corre-
spondent program that was,
Rohde says, "a glorified in-
ternship." He began covering
school boards in Bucks County.
A year later, Rohde became
a copyeditor at the Boston
offices ot the Christian Science
Monitor, spending much of his
spare time reporting any sto-
ries he could to get his byline
in the paper. After only five
months, Rohde applied for the vacant
job of Eastern European correspondent.
When the newspaper's first choice turned
it down, the job was Rohde's. In Novem-
ber 1994, he was on his way to Bosnia.
n the months following his
August 18, 1995, Monitor account
of what he'd seen in Nova Ka-
saba, Rohde visited Bosnian refu-
gee camps to interview survivors
about what happened. When he showed
the school diploma he had found on the
ground in Nova Kasaba to the refugees,
they directed him to the brother of the
boy named on it. The man blanched and
disappeared into the crowd. Someone
explained that the young man whose
name was on the diploma had been miss-
ing since the fall of Srebrenica.
Rohde then traveled to the Hague to
check the survivor accounts of systematic
slaughter against those gathered by offi-
cials of the International War Crimes
Tribunal. On October 2, the Monitor pub-
lished a long page-one "Monitor Exclu-
sive" by Rohde titled "Bosnia Muslims
Were Killed by the Truckload." In it
Rohde detailed what nine survivors of
the massacres had independently told him
about the days following the fall of Sre-
brenica. A sidebar also reported that some
of the survivors saw Serbian General
Ratko Mladic at the execution sites.
Despite the explosive nature of Rohde's
reporting, the article, to his surprise, met
with public indifterence. "It was not even
The fall of Srebrenica has emerged
as one of the great controversies -
and mysteries - of the war in Bosnia.
. . . All sides in the brutal war -
including many Western and U.N.
officials - have resolutely convinced
themselves that they are blameless
and the other side is guilty.
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picked up by the wire services," Rohde
says. "I was incredibly frustrated."One
person did respond, though. A U.S. intel-
ligence source revealed to Rohde the ex-
istence of additional suspected mass graves
whose locations were still secret, out ot
fear that the Bosnian Serbs might tamper
with them before investigators arrived.
He then handed Rohde a topographic
map on which the suspected graves were
marked. Rohde, meanwhile, had heard
that the Washington Post and New York
Times were sending reporters to the same
camps to interview survivors from Sre-
brenica. Afraid he was losing the story,
Rohde made a bold and possibly foolish
decision: to reenter Serb-controlled Bos-
nia and look for the additional graves.
Rohde readily admits that his motives
for going back into Bosnia were not
entirely noble. On the one hand, spurred
on by the sense of moral justice that
his father had hammered into him, he
wanted to find evidence that would
finally awaken the world to the horrors of
Srebrenica. "But being no saint," he adds,
"1 decided to go in alone." Doing so,
despite the dangers, was the only way he
could ensure that the new grave sites
would be his story exclusively, as he
explained on the evening of October 28,
1995, to his roommate, Kit Roane, who
was freelancing in Eastern Europe for the
NcwYorkTimes. L 'l was just so nervous," he
recalls. "I was blacklisted in Serbia, after
all. So I told Kit I was going in the fol-
lowing day. He said, 'It's crazy to go alone.
Let me come. I won't do any
stories.' " Rohde said no. "I
knew," he says now, "that even
if our stories came out at the
same time, the news would be
that the New York Times found
On October 29, in a rental
car from Austria, Rohde en-
tered Serbian territory 111
Bosnia with a camera and
film hidden in the dashboard,
the topographic map marking
the grave sites, and an old
entry permit on which he
had altered the dates. That
same morning, Nen'York Times
reporter Stephen Engleberg
published his own story about
the Srebrenica survivors. The
competition was catching up.
Rohde drove without incident to
the villages of Lazete and Grbavci, near
Srebrenica. What he saw there exactly
matched the descriptions survivors had
given him a few weeks before. At the
grave sites were: a pile of civilian clothes, a
jacket in whose pocket was a civilian I.D
card with a Srebenica address, a crutch,
three canes, and what appeared to be
That afternoon, while preparing to
photograph the bones at an earthen dam
in Grbavci, he suddenly heard a voice
shout in Serbo-Croatian: "Don't move!
Rohde turned to see an old man
pointing a rifle at him, the same man he
had earlier noticed in the distance and
mistaken for a farmer. He now realized
the man was a soldier assigned to guard
the area. "I'm lost!" Rohde yelled back
in Serbo-Croatian. "I'm lost!"
It was no good: Rohde was captured
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and taken to a nearby guardhouse. says. "I admit I was in a certain amount of
Although he had taken the precaution of danger, but it's a former communist
taxing his editor in Boston the details of
what he was about to do — he sent them
when he knew she would be home asleep
and unable to stop him - for the next five
days the Bosnian Serbs denied any
knowledge ot where he was. Rohde
believes they were delaying until they
could get the film in his camera devel-
oped and ascertain what he was up to.
Their greatest fear was not that he was
photographing grave sites, but that he was
a spy searching for military intelligence.
Rohde insists that, despite
a vigorous interrogation by a
man named Marco and a
night when he was deprived
of all sleep, his Bosnian Serb
captors treated him well.
Some guards implied he
would be killed, but others
whispered that he would be
fine. Thanks to the efforts of
Rohde's editors, the Commit-
tee to Protect Journalists, and,
above all, his family (eleven of
whom flew to Dayton, Ohio,
to plead Rohde's case with
Richard Holbrooke '62, who
was negotiating the peace
terms later known as the Day-
ton Accords), Rohde was
released after ten days. On November 16,
he published a Monitor "Investigative
Report" titled "Graves Found That Con-
firm Bosnia Massacre."
Two years later, on a raw
November day in New
York City, Rohde hails a
taxi near his East Village
apartment and, apologizing
to the turbaned driver, asks to be taken to
an address in Flushing, Queens. He's
working on a new story.
Rohde, a thin man with the build of
the cross-country runner he was in high
school, settles into the back seat of the cab
and talks about life after a Pulitzer.
I umed by short, tight hair and wire-
rimmed glasses, his face appears angular
and austere - the face of someone who
says he was "too serious" at Brown. He
speaks m a soft voice, but his words are
direct and passionate. "Please don't make
too much of what I did 111 Bosnia," he
country. Things are still tightly controlled.
I think it would have been more danger-
ous to be looking for a grave in Missis-
sippi in i960 than in Bosnia in 1995."
Rohde then explains that in January
1996, when he was looking to write an
expanded account of what happened to
the Muslims of Srebrenica, only three
small book publishers were interested.
Bosnia was old news. In April, however,
the Pulitzer Prize was announced, "and I
got letters from publishers who'd rejected
Based on the ICRC [International
Committee of the Red Cross] figure,
nearly 3,000 men were summarily
executed and over 4,000 hunted
down like animals . . . Srebenica is
unique because of the international
community's role in the tragedy.
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my book proposal, saying, 'If you ever
decide to write a book about Bosnia
He ignored their offers and stayed with
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, one of the
firms that had welcomed his proposal
before the Pulitzer.
The result. Endgame: The Betrayal and
Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre
Since World War II, was published last year
to nearly unanimous praise. In the New
York Daily News, David Rieff, himself the
author ot a book about Bosnia, called it "a
superb job ot investigative journalism,"
and the New York Times's Anthony Lewis
recommended Endgame to "anyone who
does not know why we should care about
Writing the book, Rohde says,
changed his view of what he had reported
only a few months before. "At that time,"
he writes in the preface, "I believed Sre-
brenica's tall to be a simple tale ot victim
and perpetrator. But the town's tall has
proven far more complex, convoluted and
darker than I expected." Although struc-
tured primarily as the narratives of seven
people - two Bosnian Muslims, one
Bosnian Serb, one Bosnian Croat, and
two Dutch U.N. peacekeepers — Endgame
is a sprawling tale involving dozens of
secondary characters, including the Presi-
dent ot the United States. It is a story of
brutality and moral impotence alleviated
only by the occasional act of personal
bravery. By describing and analyzing the
events of eleven days in July 1995, the
book attempts to answer the simple ques-
tion that survivors of Srebrenica often
asked Rohde during his visits
with them: What happened?
Who betrayed us?
The answers are almost
unremittingly dark. The safe
area, Rohde believes, was
doomed from the start. Peace-
keepers disarmed the Muslims
in the safe area, but were
instructed to do nothing to
antagonize the Bosnian Serbs.
At the same time, Bosnian
Muslim soldiers, including
their greatest tighter, the flashy
and probably corrupt Naser
One, were either absent from
Srebrenica or fought weakly
and ineffectively. The shrewd
Bosnian Serbs, meanwhile,
sensed the paralysis of the U.N. peace-
keepers and mercilessly exploited it.
Rohde also evaluates the various conspir-
acy theories that have inevitably arisen
about the fall of Srebrenica. Was there a
secret deal by someone - the French, the
Bosnian government - to give up Sre-
brenica in exchange for an area near Sara-
jevo, for instance? In the end, Rohde sees
the fall as a story ot incompetence and
international cowardice rather than one
of conspiracies and secret deals. It there
was complicity, it was of a far more subtle
and insidious kind:
"The international community," he
writes, "partially disarmed thousands of
men, promised them they would be safe-
guarded and then delivered them to their
sworn enemies. Srebrenica was not simply
a case of the international community
standing by as a tar-off atrocity was
committed. The actions of the interna-
tional community encouraged, aided and
emboldened the executioners."
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In the world of newspaper journal-
ism, the half-life of a Pulitzer is
measured in days. Just before the
prize was announced in April
1996, Rohde had accepted a job
as a reporter for the New York Times. Like
almost all beginning Times reporters,
Rohde works tor the metro section,
under the watchful eye of the New York
staff. At least on the surface, winning the
Pulitzer did nothing to change his status
at the paper; in fact, he says, it means he
has to work even harder to prove he is
not a one-hit wonder.
Going to Queens is part of that effort.
In Ti'messpeak, Rohde "does night cops."
He arrives at the paper at 7 p.m., and can-
not leave the building until his shift is
done at 2:30 a.m. Every half hour he calls
the police's public-information officer and
asks it anything has happened. When
something does, Rohde must quickly
either report the story from the building
or write it using information phoned in
to him from reporters on the street.
Rohde's biggest break on night cops was
the page-one story he wrote when fellow
Brown alumnus Ted Turner announced
his Si billion gift to the United Nations
on September 18. Fortunately for Rohde,
the announcement was made at 10 p.m.
After Rohde leaves work, he heads
home, sleeps, and spends many of his days
checking out story ideas in hopes of get-
ting more stories into the paper. Today he
is going to a Queens nursing home to
interview a young woman who was para-
lyzed from the neck down in a drug-
related shooting. Wandering around the
city, Rohde has noticed an unusual
number ot young people hanging around
neighborhoods in wheelchairs, and even-
William Haglund, a war crimes
investigator, points to corpses
unearthed from a Nova Kasaba mass
grave in July 1996. Some showed
evidence of having been bound and
shot through the skull.
tually, he discovered that many
of them have been maimed by
street violence. He does not yet
know where the story will lead
him, something he explains to
the woman as they begin talk-
ing in a spare office.
Gradually, prodded by
Rohde's low-key, sympathetic
questioning, the woman, who
says she is twenty-seven years
old, tells her story. "It happened
in Forest Hills six years ago," she
says. "We had just come out of a
club from dancing. It was late -
2 a.m., 4 a.m.? I remember a
white Ford Taurus passed in
front of the car, and then
motorcycles all around. My
cousin took sixteen bullets, the
driver took thirteen. I took a 9
millimeter in my head. I was
stitched up like a baseball." The
car, a brown-and-champagne
Mercedes, is now "Swiss cheese."
Her friends, the woman admits,
were players in the drug trade,
leading the fast life, a life she
loved. Although she insists she
was not involved with drugs herself
Rohde will have to decide whether or
not to believe her.
For now, though, his reporter's skepti-
cism remains hidden, and he appears to
genuinely admire the woman sitting in
front of him in a wheelchair, who has
dressed for him in her best suit. "I was
angry for four-and-a-half years," she says,
before she realized she was "injured, not
dead." Now she visits schools and talks to
students, warning them about the fast life.
After almost two hours of talking with
Rohde, the woman begins to tire, pausing
often to stare out the office window at a
bare locust tree.
"It's a scary world," she says with a
half-smile to no one in particular, "but
someone's got to live in it."
Rohde nods, looking up trom his
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE ♦ 49
Brown's statue of Marcus Aurelius overlooking
Lincoln Field turns ninety this year. A long
way from College Hill, one alumnus came to
a new appreciation of its history.
BY BRIAN FLOCA ' y I
inety years have passed
since the canvas wrappings
were pulled from Brown's
statue ot Marcus Aurelius,
a gift presented on behalf
of Moses Brown Ives Goddard, class of
1 854. The statue, save for a lack of gilding
an exact reproduction of a Roman origi-
nal, was "welcomed to the campus by
'three long Browns for Marcus Aurelius,"
given with a will by the undergraduates,"
according to a newspaper account. A poem
written by Henry Robinson Palmer, class
of 1N90, and read at the* unveiling ran
along the lines of:
Teach us, O Pagan, day by day
Beyond the campus press and noise
Through shining hours and horns o I gray
The equal mind, the starlike poise.
The Brown campus today might seem
a long way from that of 1908, when
alumni and students were inspired to
poetry and lusty cheers for a stoic
philosopher. Visit Marcus Aurelius in his
native Rome, though, and the ninety
years contract to a blink.
From 161 to 180 A. D., Marcus Aurelius
Antonius Augustus, whose Meditations is
held by scholars to be the greatest literary
work by a Roman, ruled an empire that
stretched from present-day Scotland to
Morocco to Jerusalem. His monumental
bronze statue, cast around 173 A.D., was
lost when Rome crumbled, only to be
rediscovered in the early Christian era by
a city tired, shrunken, and disease-ridden.
It the Romans had known whose pagan
image they had found, they would likely
5 ♦ J A N I. \ I) Y I I II H I A l< Y I l)l) X
In his sketchbook last summer, Brian Floca recorded
impressions of the Piazza del Campidoglio (left)
and its Marcus Aurelius statue (below), a twin to the
one behind Sayles Hall at Brown (facing page).
have melted it for its metal at the first
opportunity. As it was, they mistook the
rider for Constantine, the emperor who
had legalized Christianity in 395. The
misidentihed statue was given a place
of prominence in Rome that it held
for centuries. Only during the Renais-
sance did the sculpture regain its proper
In 1538, Rome began a renovation of
its civic heart, the Capitoline Hill, and
installed the Marcus Aurelius statue there
as a symbol of the city's past. In 1S4C).
Michelangelo began to redesign the Hill
into essentially the form it takes today,
with Marcus Aurelius as its keystone.
The statue is best approached on the
Cordonata, a long, ridged slope by which
one ascends the Capitoline Hill toward
the Piazza del Campidoglio. Ahead, Mar-
cus Aurelius seems to rise and announce
himself between the Roman statues of
Castor and Pollux. This Marcus Aurelius
is. in fact, a replica of the original, which
was moved in 1981 to the safety of the
nearby Capitoline Museum. Installed only
last summer, the replica was made in part
with measurements Italian experts took at
Brown in 1991. It is elevated slightly by
the gently convex ground of the piazza. A
swirl of cobblestones arcs the eye toward
it from every direction, solidifying its
command of a site known during the
Roman empire as Caput Mundi - the
center of the world.
Overlooking the city from the statue's
perch on a warm summer night, even a
visitor more familiar with Lincoln Field
than the Campidoglio might catch him-
self considering an old Roman supersti-
tion. The world will end, it worries, when
after these many centuries the last bits of
gilt finally flake from Marcus Aurelius. c^;
Brian floca 'gi is the author and illustrator of
The Frightful Story of Harry Walfish and
the illustrator of several other children's books.
HHOWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SI
Interstate 95 is the border, and two carloads of
Brown students have crossed it. For now they're
anonymous inside compact cars cruising up
and down the streets of what is, for most of
them, terra incognita, but soon they'll be fully
engaged with this neighborhood. The students stare
as they pass aging triple-deckers, vacant lots, corner
bodegas, renovated Greek Revivals, and clusters of
Driving the students on an introductory tour of
South Providence this September day are a Brown
professor, sociologist Hilary Silver, and a student,
Thabiti Brown '98. The two are as different from
one another as temperament,
race, age, gender, and experi-
What happens When a e nce allow. A dynamo whose
. dark-red hair flies like a pen-
high-intensity sociologist nant Sllver 1S a tenured whlte
. . . professor in the prime of her
and a student team up F „ . , . c .
career. Brown is a male African-
tO reinvent a COUrse? American senior given to baggy
jeans and wry smiles.
Professor Hilary Silver's ° ver tne next tnree months
this odd couple will undertake
Undergraduates in an odyssey far more ambitious
than a motor tour: together
Urban Studies 187 found they'll attempt to open the
often arcane realm ot academic
themselves far OUtSlde scho larship to sixteen Brown
students enrolled in Silver's
urban studies course. Urban
Planning and Public Policy for
Low-Income Minority Neigh-
borhoods. Under Sllver and
Brown's direction, the students will conduct individ-
ual research projects in South Providence, a neigh-
borhood plagued by abandoned buildings, drug
abuse, and a lack ot such basic consumer services as
banks and supermarkets.
It South Providence weren't on an odyssey of its
own - a concerted effort to recover from decades of
demolition, racial tension, and being separated from
the rest of the city by I-93 - it would have no need
of Sliver's students. Residents, community organiza-
tions, and economic-development agencies fre-
quently approach Silver with topics for research or
requests tor interns. Ultimately, it is their needs and
concerns that frame each year's version of Urban
Studies 187, which Silver is teaching for the sixth
time. The interdependence of the University and the
community and the enmeshing ot tieldwork with
classroom theory make the course complex and
time-consuming to plan and manage. Because the
syllabus cannot be completely prepared in advance.
the ivory tower
BY PAMELA PETRO '82
but will evolve as the research unfolds, it's a perfect
opportunity for collaboration between a faculty
member and a deeply involved student.
Thanks to the University's Odyssey program,
such partnerships aren't unusual. Established at
Brown in 1986 with funding from the Ford Founda-
tion, Odyssey fellowships are designed to introduce
students to careers in academe by narrowing the gap
between them and their professors. Last summer
forty-eight undergraduates teamed up with faculty
to revise existing course syllabi or devise new ones.
The Odyssey fellowship funds the summer collabo-
ration and, more often than not, allows the student to
serve as the course's teaching assistant. As a result, stu-
dents and faculty are continually reseeding the cur-
riculum with fresh material and methods.
Recent projects have spawned such courses as
Gender in Modern Chinese History and a classics
seminar, Ancient Utopias and Imaginary Places. "By
taking ownership of the curriculum," says Associate
Dean of the College Karen Romer, "students get a
window into the other side of the educational
process. They gain an understanding of the immense
amount of work that goes into course preparation."
Thabiti Brown was teaching in a Harlem,
New York, school last spring through the
University's Urban Education Semester
program when he ran into Silver, his former
professor, and learned she was living across the street
trom him. Silver, who was on a medical leave at the
time, had been wondering how she would manage to
put together a new unit of Urban Studies 187 for the
fall semester. Thabiti Brown's opportune appearance
inspired Silver to apply for an Odyssey fellowship.
"I wasn't immediately wowed by the idea,"
Brown recalls of Silver's proposal that they collabo-
rate, "but it was the teaching component that won
me over." Committed to a career in urban education,
Brown plans to get a master's degree and teach in an
inner-city public school for three to five years before
going on to a Ph.D. and college-level teaching. "Lots
of kids don't take advantage of the University's
opportunities to build a relationship with someone
like Professor Sllver," notes Brown. "This is a unique
chance." Having let himself be talked into applying
for the fellowship with Silver, he spent last summer
developing research internships for her students.
It's now three weeks into the course, and while
some ot the projects have jelled, a few have
foundered. Those taking Urban Studies 187 must
spend ten hours a week for six weeks working in the
field and keeping a detailed journal. Each project
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE ♦ 53
culminates in a paper that becomes part ot Silvers
ongoing study of South Providence. At weekly three-
hour seminars, students make presentations on their
work as it relates to the topic ot" the week - for
example, land use and housing, small businesses, wel-
fare and social services, or education and sports.
This night, Matthew Maloney '98 reports that his
internship has fallen through. Silver suggests a
replacement topic: the social clubs of South Provi-
dence. She tells Maloney that while she's been able to
survey public institutions in the neighborhood, such
as businesses, city authorities, and
community development corpora-
tions, so tar she has found it nearly
impossible to tap into South Provi-
dence's social network. In part, this
is because much ot it centers
around ad hoc social clubs, where
members gather to drink beer,
shoot pool, and talk about neigh-
borhood matters. Almost all such
clubs arc closed to outsiders.
Brown doesn't like Silver's sug-
gestion; he believes such fieldwork
borders on intrusion. "I'd be profoundly uncomfort-
able there myself," he says, "and I'm black." Silver
leaves the choice up to the blond, blue-eyed Mal-
oney. "look." she says, "the first principle is Do no
Ihinii. And it the situation gets bad, get out. Don't
push the envelope."
Emily Adler '98 met
with owners of such
businesses as Joyeria
Sonnia's, a Broad
Street jewelry store.
On a Monday afternoon in late October,
Brown is in front of the sociology depart-
ment's photocopier, surrounded by a knot
ot anxious students. Silver is running late
for class. Some minutes later she arrives, out of
breath, and the class lurches into high gear.
One student working with SWAP (Stop Wasting
Abandoned Property) is examining elderly housing;
Sliver fires off the name of a Brown professor who
is an expert on aging. She tosses a different name
to a woman whose project involves working with
the South Side Community
Land Trust (an organization
that converts vacant lots into
gardens) and suggests a text
she should read. Names and
book titles seem to fly
straight from Silver's memory
into spiral notebooks.
Meghan Madeira '98 is
interning with the Provi-
dence Housing Authority,
working on a feasibility study
designed to lure a super-
market to the neighborhood.
In preparation tor this pro-
ject, over the summer Thabiti
Brown studied how a Bedford-
Stuyvesant, New York, com-
munity development corpora-
tion persuaded the Pathmark
supermarket chain to open
a branch in a low-income
neighborhood. His ground-
work, Madeira says, helped her through some rough
spots in the course.
"At first, we were all really nervous," recalls
Madeira. "Ten hours a week is a lot; you get intim-
idated." Brown, she says, helped the students over
their jitters. "He understands what it's like to be an
undergraduate," she says, "but he also really knows his
stuff. Thabiti is a link between our world and Pro-
Emily Adler '98 is working for a coalition that
promotes the growth of small businesses on Broad
Street. South Providence's commercial arterv. Her
project entails surveying every restaurant, dry cleaner,
liquor store, hair salon, and auto-parts shop - each of
the more thaii 300 viable enterprises on the street -
and developing a citywide publicity plan for them.
Most of the owners have responded enthusiastically
to her questions, for which she credits her ability to
speak Spanish and her easygoing attitude. But many
I A N U A R\ II B R 1 A in I 9 i) 8
Matt Maloney '98 hung
out at this social club,
but his research soon
raised suspicions among
times, Adler's youth and appearance work against her.
"Latino men often don't take me seriously," she says.
She was even chased out of one shop.
Such experiences bring Adler to talk with Brown
during his office hours. "Thabiti is so calm," she says
gratefully. "I appreciate the different perspective he
brings to class. I'm on his side of the table when it
comes to fieldwork - you know, don't be intrusive.
I don't think I could be doing Matt's internship."
att Maloney has persevered with the
social-clubs project, but his report to
the class is troubling. He relates that
he had begun going to a club on
weekends to have a few beers and to chat with the
members, all of whom are African American. At first,
Maloney tells the class, people were nice. A couple of
regulars told him not to worry, even though others
were beginning to question what he was doing there.
"We've got your back," his new friends said. Maloney
tried to play up the historical aspect of his project, to
put the focus on the building rather than the social
interaction inside it. But his strategy didn't work.
"I know they think I'm a cop," Maloney says.
After he was verbally accosted a few times, even his
friends at the club advised him to get out. "I'm begin-
ning to feel really uncomfortable there," he confesses.
"You're not going back," Silver responds at once.
She adds to the class, "I hope you know that if you
ever have any problem in the field, I'm available
A classmate asks Maloney what he learned. "That
there are places to chill in urban ghettos," he
responds thoughtfully. "That the idea that because
places like South Providence are isolated from the
rest of the city means they're isolated internally as
well isn't true. It's a vibrant community."
It's Thabiti Brown s day to teach the course sec-
tion on urban education, and he splits the stu-
dents into three groups based on the nature of
their internships and asks them to design a high
school for South Providence. The students part like
amoebas and get to work. Silver looks on like a
"Thabiti dislikes traditional teaching," she notes.
"But his approach is very clever. I've been pushing
him to think about his pedagogical goals from the
time we began our Odyssey on my laptop computer,
back in my apartment in New York."
One day at mid-semester Silver is poring over
held-method notes from her own student days. Stuck
among them is a letter from her professor at Colum-
bia, the renowned sociologist Herbert Gans, praising
her work as his teaching assistant.
"See, Thabiti?" Silver says. "Maybe I'll write this
for you one day."
"Maybe," he replies. Then he adds with a grin,
"I'll deserve it." o^>
Pamela Petro is a freelance writer in Providence.
It K OWN A I U M N I MAGAZINE ♦ S5
JANET YELLEN '67
ill Clinton, sitting in an upholstered
chair by the fireplace in the Oval
Office, listens intently as Janet Yellen, the
chair ot his Council ot Economic Advis-
ers (CEA), discusses whether Asia's weak
economies will have a serious drag effect
on the United States. They won't, she
predicts during this meeting in October.
Other members of the president's eco-
nomic team, including Vice President
Al Gore and Treasury Secretary Robert
Rubin, weigh in. Then Yellen, a small
woman engulfed in a nearby sofa, wraps
up the late-morning briefing.
"Face time" with the President is
prized inside the White House, and as
lead author of the CEA's weekly ten-page
economic briefing, Yellen is guaranteed a
regular spot on Clinton's calendar. Even
when the President cannot sit down with
Yellen, he plows through her briefing.
often asking her to get him more infor-
mation on the topics addressed in her
dense, engagingly written reports.
In a workplace regularly consumed
with affairs ot the hour, Yellen and her
thirtv-five-member staff" are responsible
for big-picture economic assessments: the
Strength ot the recovery, for example, or
the impact ot reforming social programs.
"When the President is talking to mem-
bers of Congress about the causes of job
dislocation or the decline in welfare rolls,
he repeatedly cites Janet's analyses," says
Gene B. Sperling, director ot the National
Economic Council. "She's the voice ot
analytical integrity that everyone on the
economic team looks to when we deal
with difficult issues."
It's a job Yellen never imagined she
would do when she was an undergradu-
ate more than thirty years ago. She began
as a philosophy concentrator, but after
courses with professors George Borts and
Herschel Grossman, she switched to eco-
nomics. "They taught me that economics
was a subject where a systematic way of
thinking about the world translated into
policy prescriptions with real social
Thirty years ago, a young
philosophy concentrator switched
to economics. Now she's giving
advice in the White House.
By Alexis Simendinger
Photograph byJohn Eisele
impact," Yellen recalls. "I remember sit-
ting in Herschel Grossman's class and
thinking, 'Gee, I didn't realize how much
influence the Federal Reserve has on the
health of the economy. If I ever have a
chance at public service, [a Fed post]
would be a worthwhile thing to do.' "
In 1994, Clinton named Yellen to
the board of governors of the Federal
Reserve, plucking her from the economics
faculty at Berkeley, where she had worked
with the President's former economic ad-
viser, Laura D'Andrea Tyson. Yellen was
already well known among economists for
several highly regarded studies justifying
an activist monetary policy that she had
published with her husband, Brookings
Institution economist George Akerlot. For
any economist, a job on the seven-member
Fed board is a rare chance to have a direct
impact on the economy. The board ot
governors, along with presidents ot the
district Federal Reserve banks, controls
monetary policy by setting interest rates.
Three years after appointing Yellen to
the Fed, Clinton asked her to chair the
CEA. For Yellen, the decision to give up
the relatively cloistered world ot the
nation's central bank tor an office next to
the West Wing was "the chance of a life-
time. This was a job that was so impor-
tant. I never even dreamed ot doing it.
But when the President asks you to do
something and thinks you can do it, 'yes'
is the only possible answer."
In the White House, politics has be-
come a bigger part of Yellen's job. "The
Fed was pure policy, pure substance."
Yellen recalls in a voice redolent ot her
native Brooklyn. CEA issues are more
varied and directly influence national pol-
icy; the President's economic decision-
making spans everything from raising or
cutting taxes to protecting the ozone
layer. With a Republican majority in
Congress, "some things that I might per-
sonally believe are desirable are just not
going to be 'on' because they don't com-
mand sufficient acceptance." Yellen says.
One of Yellen's strengths, George
Borts says, is that she doesn't wield a
political agenda. "I think it's very hard to
describe her politics," he says. "She sees a
useful role for economists to play in pol-
icy, and she believes in incentives and
markets. She is very much in the New-
Yellen has described herself as a "non-
ideological pragmatist"; she is influenced
by the Keynesian school of economics,
which favors government intervention in
markets and a benign attitude toward
moderate inflation. Her philosophy com-
plements Clinton's centrist approach to
reducing governments role while provid-
ing a safety net of social programs.
As the U.S. economy heads toward a
seventh banner year ot recovery, Yellen
praises the Clinton-backed 1993 budget
law. which cut spending, invested in kev
programs, and raised taxes. "It's not an
accident that we're enjoying a strong eco-
nomic performance," she says.
But even Yellen is surprised .it how
tame inflation has been. "Is something
different happening?" she muses. "I think
the answer is yes. We hope we will con-
tinue the pattern ot favorable surprises,
where th'-e's more money flowing into
the Treasury and deficits are lower than
we forecast." She won't count on it.
though. "Our role," Yellen says, "is to be
hopeful - but skeptical." c^>
Alexis Simendinger is the White House corre-
spondent/or the National Journal.
KNOWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE • 57
EDITED BY TORRI STILL
Mae Sydney Alimena celebrated her 90th
birthday in March at the Alzheimer's Day
Care Center in Greenwich Village, New York
City. Her sister, Mildred Sydney Marks '38,
lives in Providence, and her brother. Miles
Sydney '32, lives in Pawtucket, R.I.
Stephen B. Delise writes: "I was sorry to
read of the death of Harold S. Prescott '30.
We were roommates for three years in Middle
Hope dorm. I lost track of him and met him
after fifty years at his home in Mount Vernon,
Mo. At our reunion, my wife cooked a lm-
guine and meatball dinner for all of us. His
wife, Myrtle, was alive at the time. That was
the last time I saw him." Stephen can be reached
at 4552 Shoshone Trail, Sarasota, Fla. 34233.
Elisabeth Connie Dowd (see Susan
Smith and Ryan Walsh, both 93).
The newly elected men's class officers are
Miles Sydney, president, 27 Nottingham
Way, Pawtucket, R.I. 02860, (401) 725-9823;
William R. Goldberg, vice president;
Everett Schreiner, secretary/treasurer; and
Paul Mackesey and Walter Kelley Jr., co-
treasurers. The new secretary for the women is
Elinor L. Martin.
Save the dates for the Brown and Pembroke
65th reunion, May 22-25. Come back and
share the weekend with old friends and new.
Contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-
1947 if you did not receive the fall mailing.
Albert Lewitt has moved to a retirement
community five miles trom his daughter, Joan.
Tin 87 and don't travel." he writes, "even back
to Nashua. N.H., where we lived for more
Please tend the latest about your job, family,
traveb,oi othei news toThe Classes, Brown
Alumni Monthly, Box ks'sj, Providence,
R.I. 02gi2;fax (joi) 86j-gsgg; e-mail
B I \i@brownvm brotvn.edu. Deadline for
May June • las. motes : Febru iry 15.
than fifty years." Albert's son, Phillip '63, and
daughter-in-law, Fukiko, visited from Kyoto,
Japan, last August. "We're very pleased with
our children and grandchildren and very proud
of Brown," Albert writes. Albert lives at 1301
Nottingham Rd., #B2i9,Jamesville, N.Y. 13078.
The newly elected men's class officers are
Jack Skillings, president, 7 Harlem St., Rum-
ford, R.I. 02916, (401) 434-7169; and Martin
Tarpy. secretary /treasurer. The new women's
officers are Emma Warner Kershaw, presi-
dent, 15 Hillcrest Ave., Greenville, R.I. 02828,
(401) 949-3434; Eleanor McElroy and
Margery Walton Shepard, co-secretaries;
and Dorothy Rawcliffe Brown, treasurer.
Save the dates for our 60th reunion. May 22-25.
Come back and share the weekend with old
friends and new. Contact reunion headquar-
ters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not receive
the fall mailing.
Alan Fontaine, Westport, Conn., recently
celebrated htty years as a photographer with
an exhibition at a local art gallery. "It's a con-
tinuation of my lifelong desire to experiment,"
he writes, "starting as a member of the Brown
Camera Club in 1936." Alan can be reached at
315 Main St. .Westport 06880.
Margaret Butterfield Hyde writes: "Not
enough '40 news! It pays to write to the BAM.
Last year, I had an exciting letter from Philip
Smith '42 regarding genealogy. He saw the
Butterfield name and realized that we were
related by way of Benjamin Butterfield way
back to the seventeenth century." In the last
few months Margaret has attended a meeting
of the Lindbergh Society in Rhinebeck, N.Y,
and traveled to Minneapolis (for the seventi-
eth anniversary of Lindbergh's flight) and to
England and France. She can be reached at 32
Dublin Rd.. Southbury, Conn. 06488.
Frank W Rollins Jr. writes that an annual
mini-reunion luncheon was held at the Uni-
versity Club, Providence, on Sept. 8. Attendees
included Bert Buxton and his wife. Lois
Lindblom Buxton '43; Ken Clapp; John
McLaughry; Frank Rollins;John Barrett
'39 .uui his wife, Mary; Bill Sheffield '41 and
his wife, Pat; Earl Nichols '43 and his wife,
Dorrie; and Fran Parkhurst '43 and his wife.
Priscilla. Frank can be reached at 80 Lancaster
Ave., Kenttield, Calif. 94904.
Bill Allen received the first of the Brown
engineering alumni medals awarded as part of
the engineering division's sesquicentennial
celebration on Sept. 19. Of the twenty-four
men who received engineering degrees in 1941.
fourteen survive: William F. Allen Jr.. Ben-
jamin Ambrosini.John L. Benn. George
P. Conard Jr.. Channing K. DuPouy,
Robert W. Griffin. Earl W. Harrington.
Richard T. Hauck, Emile A. LeGros. Paul
S. Shelton. Leonard T. Lubin, Paul S.
Shelton. John K. Solfisburg. Robert S.
Wilmot, and Kenneth A. Wood.
Earl Harrington met Harold B. (Hap)
Nash at the Brown-Lafayette football game.
Hap is an attorney in Dedham, Mass. At the
annual meeting of the Bar Association of Nor-
folk County. Hap received the Libby Award,
which is presented annually to an attorney
"who has won the admiration of the bar for
the manner in which he has conducted himself
over his career."
Arnold Eggert, Middletown, Conn., and
his son Gerald '64, '73 Ph.D. celebrated the
graduation of Gerald's daughter. Holly Clara
'96. last May.
Robert F. Rapelye. Providence, writes,
"I regret not making the May 25 dedication
of the new war memorial .mc\ Bob Steinsieck's
JANUARY 11 It l< UAB V 1 99 8
fine tribute to his son. That weekend was spent
driving to granddaughter Kate's graduation
from Connecticut College and then on to New
Hampshire for granddaughter Meg's gradua-
tion from Holderness School. Meg is now a
cadet at the Coast Guard Academy." Bob spot-
ted Austin Volk on the Arts & Entertainment
network's Biography, which featured the life ot
Malcolm Forbes. Austin, mayor of Englewood,
N.J., was commenting on Forbes's early cam-
paigns for office in New Jersey.
Write a letter to John Liebmann or
Earl Harrington and include your news and
views for our 1998 class newsletter. Addresses:
John, 1133 Park Ave., New York City 10128;
Earl, 24 Glen Ave., Cranston, R.I. 02905.
— Earl W. Harrington Jr.
Allen R. Ferguson. Silver Spring, Md.,
reports that actor Jimmy Stewart sent him a
hand-written note just a few weeks before he
died. "Like me, Mr. Stewart was a B-17 pilot
with European combat experience," Allen
says. "My radio operator of fifty-three years
ago sent him a copy of my account of one of
our missions - a lone-wolf, night raid on the
oil refinery at Blechhainmer in Polish Selisia."
The newly elected class officers are Bernard
E. Bell, president. 376 Slater Ave., Providence
02906, (401) 272-2856; Richard Donovan,
vice president; Susan Weatherhead, secre-
tary; and Robert Rockwell, treasurer.
You've received a letter about our reunion. The
magnet on your refrigerator reads "Reunion
Weekend '98." So now you're reminded that
our 55th reunion will be on Memorial Day
weekend. Make your travel plans now to arrive
on Friday. May 22, and stay through Monday,
May 25, after the Commencement march down
the hill. (It you graduated in February, you
didn't have that opportunity!) You'll be greeted
by friendly 43ers in our newly redecorated
class headquarters in the Wnston Quadrangle.
By tour o'clock we will begin to assemble for
the cocktail hour. At six o'clock, it's on to the
Refectory for the Brown Bear Buffet; you
might see friends from other classes. Then there's
Campus Dance with the Japanese lanterns
overhead, several orchestras playing (including
big band music). ,1 dance H001 for those who'd
like to do a little jitterbugging, and tables
where we can sit and watch. Back at '43 head-
quarters, the "afterglow" will be in full swing.
Day two starts with a continental break-
fast at our headquarters. During the morning
we can attend our choice o\ forums. The tra-
ditional ladies' luncheon at the Faculty Club
and the men's luncheon at the Refecton w ill
be followed by the taking of the official Class
of '43 photo. On Saturday evening, a bus will
take us to an elegant dinner at a country club
and then on to the Pops Concert under the
stars on the Green (which we used to call the
Middle Campus). The finale is another "after-
glow" at our headquarters. Watch this column
Warren P. Leonard '30 of Sag Harbor, New York,
sent in this photograph of the Brown Orchestra,
circa 1927-28. Leonard, at far right in the first
row, was the orchestra's first flutist.
for the events of the last two days of our spec-
tacular 55th reunion.- CarolTaylor Carlisle
Lois Lindblom Buxton has a new-
address and phone number: 5809 Rattlesnake
Hammock Rd., #108, Augusta Woods, Naples.
Fla. 34104; (941) 417-5255.
Sherry Foster writes history articles for
the East Hampton Independent and is one of
fifty-two scholars who contributed to Long
Island Country Houses e- 7 '/ini.-hi7/ifc<7s. Her latest
article, about single women who lived in East
Hampton in the nineteenth century, will appear
111 a book published by Hofstra University.
Bernice Parvey Solish's son Sam is
president of the Young Physician's Group of
the American Medical Association. Bernice
and her husband. George, traveled to Eastern
Europe last summer. - Carol Taylor Carlisle
Marguerite Connelly Carroll can be
reached at 10138 42nd Terr. S., Boynton
Beach, Fla. 33436. She would enjoy hearing
from anyone 111 the area.
John W. Mayhew and Shirley Walling
Mayhew '48 celebrated fifty scars of 111.11 1 iage
on Sept. 6. Their three children threw a party
at the home of their daughter. Deborah '73,
111 WestTisbury, Mass. Among those attending
were June Miller Wilbur '47 and Paul W.
Cook '4S. fohn and Shirley can be reached at
Music St., P.O. Bon 51, WestTisbury, Mass. 02575.
Bit OWN AllMM M.'U.A/INI
Phyllis Bidwell Oliver writes: "My husband
and I had a wonderful two weeks in Alaska
last spring. One highlight was a visit to the
Raptor Center in Sitka, where injured or sick
bald eagles are nursed back to health." Phyllis
can be reached at 3 Cadwell Rd., Bloomtield,
Kenneth A. McMurtrie and his wife.
Carolyn, who are building a home in Ocala,
Fla., traveled in Europe for almost two months
last year. In October they left for a fifty-three-
day cruise around South America on the Regal
Empress. Kenneth can be reached at 507 Long
Reach Dr.. Salem. S.C. 29676.
Florence Asadorian Dulgarian was one of
six "notable women" featured in the commem-
orative calendar for the sesquicentennial cele-
bration of Brown's engineering division. Flo-
rence was a Pratt and Whitney scholarship
recipient and one of the first women accepted
to the engineering program at Brown.
Dorothy Kay Fishbein has been elected
to a two-year term as president of the Pem-
broke Club of Providence. In addition to its
regular schedule ot lecture meetings, the club
continues to offer its popular seminar series in
the tall and spring.
James S. Siegal writes: "Happy to report that
I continue to travel. I sailed down the Turkish
coast and into the Aegean Sea - Istanbul to
Athens. I rested up atVouhagmeni and then
flew to Lisbon to join friends on tour through
Portugal and Spam. I hope to visit Barcelona
and Santiago de Compostela in the spring."
James welcomes classmates to call him at (714)
838-7828 and arrange a visit to his home 111
The newly elected class officers include Roger
D.Williams, president, 40 Carman Back Rd..
Barnngton, N.H. 03825, (603) 664-2S03 or
Ray Elias. Jefferson. Ohio, and his wife,
Margery Moore Elias '4N. traveled to Paris
to give his original wallpaper to Bibliotheque
Forneya graphic art museum and library. Ray
is owner of Dezign, which creates original
Youi reunion 1 ommittee is working very hard
10 create a tun and informative event lor the
50th anniversary of our graduation. If you
hurry, it is not too late to return the reunion
Mr. Chips in
A future Brown professor has some
undergraduate fun for the camera.
"No," writes Melissa Tinker Howland '48, "it
is not the elusive Professor Carberry."
The gent posing in ersatz professorial
mufti was, rather, R. Gale Noyes '21, mas-
querading as a member of the faculty while
still an undergraduate. Howland, who was
Noyes's goddaughter, found this photo-
graph while going through files belonging
to her late father, Harold Tinker '21, a life-
long friend of Noyes. Noyes eventually did
join the Brown faculty, becoming "a favorite
English professor of decades of Brown
and Pembroke students," Howland says.
After graduating from Brown with bach-
elor's and master's degrees in 1921, Noyes
went to Harvard for a Ph.D. He returned
to Brown in 1938 to teach Restoration drama
and eighteenth-century fiction. He became
a full professor in 1951 and died in Provi-
dence in 1961.
"His classes were always full," noted
the Brown Daily Herald at the time of
Noyes's death, "not only with English majors
but also with students representing all other
disciplines. They took his course to gain an
insight into life by enjoying his erudition,
his sense of humor, and his vast humanity."
- Anne Diffily
yearbook survey form that you should have
received in the mail. A complete yearbook
will greatly enrich everyone's reunion experi-
ence. In the event that you have not received
our mailings, please call reunion headquarters
at (401) 863-1947. Think spring- and
reunion! - Brcffny Feely Wahh
The class of '49 will have a mini-reunion -
lunch, a class meeting, and planning for the
soth reunion - on May 6 at the DeCordova
Museum in Lincoln, Mass. The museum will
be exhibiting watercolors by artist Marty
Fox Rawls. Look tor more information to
follow.- Marilyn Silverman Ehrenhaus
Adele Anthony (see John E. Bauman
John T. Townsend turned 70 on |ulv 25.
He is professor emeritus at the Episcopal
Divinity School and is teaching Jewish studies
at I larvard Divinity School. He has a new book
from Ktav Publishing House: a translation, with
notes, of Midrash Tanhuma (S. Buber Recension),
Vol. II: Exodus and Leviticus. |ohn can be reached
at j townsend(S div.harvard.edu.
Ellsworth Shiebler (lack Ellsworth) recently
was honored for his fiftieth anniversary in
radio and his 75th birthday. At a dinner-dance
on June 29. Suffolk County (N.Y.) district
attorney James Catterson presented him with
a plaque for Ins work asWLIM radio's CEO,
president, and general manager. More than 200
fans, friends, and family members attended the
celebration. Other tributes included plaques,
scrolls, and letters from President Clinton. U.S.
Senator Alphonse D'Amato, Frank Sinatra,
Perry Como, and Johnny Matins. Jack began
his radio career at Brown's WBRU in 1947 and
later worked at WHIM in Providence before
moving to Long Island. He has no plans to retire.
Alan Calnan writes: "Having missed all
reunions tor the past thirty years, because mosdy
I live in Belgium. I fully intend to make our
soth in 2001 . In the meantime, any classmates
coming to Belgium will be welcome. Alan
can be reached at 4s. Rue H. Boulenger, tl8o
60 ♦ JANUARY I I li l( I A in I 9 9 8
J. Rogers Greenlees, Swansea, Mass.,
attended his 50th class reunion at Hope High
School in Providence in September.
Joanne Thompson sold the twenty-five-
acre farm that had been in her family for sixty
years and moved into a three-bedroom mod-
ular house two-and-a-half miles away. "We
love it," she says. "No maintenance, no lawn,
no wood stove, and once we find what's in
all the boxes, we'll be fine." Joanne also reports
that Cleo Palelis Hazard and her husband
stopped by for a short visit right after the
move. Joanne can be reached at RR#i, Box
632, Surry, Maine 046X4.
George Tingley. North Kingstown, R.I.,
presented "Man Lives Not by Numbers Alone:
A critique by an insider, a former manager
of operations research, of the uncritical appli-
cation of the quantitative approach" at the
37th annual AGIFORS (Airline Group of the
International Federation of Operational
Research Societies) Symposium in Nusa Dua,
Bali. Indonesia, in September.
The newly elected class officers are Davies
Bisset, president, 246 Boston Neck Rd., Nar-
ragansett, R.I. 02SS2. (401) 788-9951: Beverly
Calderwood Hart, vice president: Judith
Brown, secretary: Fred Gifford. treasurer; and
Ed Barry and Dotty Williams Wells, reunion
Gil Bach (see Nancy Bach Roberts '88).
Skip Danforth (seejared Poppel '91).
Be sure to save the dates May 22-25. Pl an to
come back to Brown for our 45th reunion.
This will be a perfect opportunity to rekindle
old friendships and start new ones. It you have
not received your first reunion mailing, please
contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Alfred H. Phillips, Livonia, Mich., has retired
from his job as business manager of a General
Motors facility because of heart problems.
Alfred is enjoying life and is involved in a lot
of volunteer work.
Hank Vandersip and his wife, Phebe RUE
'96. had the pleasure of witnessing the awarding
of one of the first Brown engineering alumni
medals to fellow engineering classmate Walt
Weber. The awards ceremony took place .it the
sesquicentennial anniversary of the engineering
division. Walt, a Distinguished University Pro-
fessor at the University of Michigan, was hon-
ored for his many contributions to the field
ot environmental and water resources engineer-
ing. Congratulations, Wilt, and remember - you
promised to attend the 45th!
A tribute to John Peterson, class reunion
chair who passed away in August, was held
Sept. 6 in John's hometown of Milford, Conn.
Hank Vandersip had the honor of reading mov-
ing testimonials from Nancy Dawn Zarker
Jones, Geneva Whitney, and Alan Levenson,
who were unable to attend. Dazzle Devoe
Gidley, Christa Buhler Fagerberg, Art Love.
Hank Vandersip, and his wife, Phebe. attended,
as well as John's boyhood friend, Gordon
Perry '55. Gordon delivered a stirring tribute
to John, one I'm sure no one in the room will
ever forget. A reception was held at the home
of one of John's friends, during which many
remembrances were shared. It was a fitting good-
bye to a true Brown alum. - Hank I andersip
Henri Leblond retired from Riverside
Junior High School, East Providence, R.I., last
year after thirty-eight years. Riverside's class
of 1997 dedicated their yearbook to him with
this inscription: "Those who knew him well
will miss his sense of humor and kind words.
He was a truly dedicated teacher with a love
for language and working with young adults."
The newly elected class officers are Marie
O'Donahoe Kirn, president, RR #i,Box
271, Hartland.Vt. 05048, (802) 295-2604;
Linda Perkins Howard, secretary; George
Rollinson, treasurer; Roberta Abedon Levin
and Robert Goff, reunion chairs; and Edwin
Cowen and Ardell Kabalkin Borodach,
annual giving coordinators.
A tribute to our college days is being planned,
and we want vou to be there. Save the dates
15 for our 40th reunion. If you have
not yet received your first mailing, please con-
tact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Virginia Perrotti Foley. North Providence,
R.I.. traveled to Rome with the Festival Cho-
rus of Rhode Island. The group had an audi-
ence with the Pope, and did some sightseeing
and touring. Last summer Virginia traveled
to California to see her daughter and brother.
Ted Martin (seejared Poppel '91).
Raymond J. Barry, West Hollywood, Calif,
has published a book. Mother's Sou and Oilier
Plays (Chicago Plays). Last year he appeared in
Dead Man Walking, directed by Tim Robbins.
Raymond has three films about to be released:
Flubber, a Disney film with Robin Williams;
Warner Brothers' Mad City; and Orion Films'
Best Men. He performed in his own play, Back
When - BackThcn at the Magic Theatre in San
Francisco in October and at the Theater for
the New City in New York City in November.
Steven C. Batterman '64 Ph.D. has
retired from full-time teaching and research
at the University of Pennsylvania after thirty-
three years. He is an emeritus professor of bio-
engmeering in the School of Engineering
and Applied Science and emeritus professor of
bioengmeermg in orthopedic surgery in the
School of Medicine. Now he devotes his time
to his consulting practice in forensic engi-
neering and biomechanics. Steven can be
reached at 109 Charlann Cir., Cherry Hill,
N.J. 08003; email@example.com.
David W. Beach co-edited Musk Theory
in Concept and Practice (University of Rochester
Press, 1997) with Brown music professor James
M. Baker and Jonathan W. Bernard. An anthol-
ogy of nineteen essays by leaders in the field
of music theory, it reflects current trends in
research. David is dean of the faculty of music
at the University ofToronto.
Ronald M. Schnitzler is a professor of
biological sciences at Naugatuck Valley
Community-Technical College in Waterbury,
Conn. His older daughter, Micaela, is a doc-
toral candidate in oceanography at the Uni-
versity ofWashington. His younger daughter,
Aletta, is a genetics research assistant at the
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.
Ronald can be reached at 75 Cobblestone
Rd., Longmeadow, Mass. 01 106.
Arthur F. Tuch (see Geoffrey Donoho
P| ft THE
Deep Pockets: Ted Turner '60, founder of
the CNN cable television empire, announced
in September that he will donate $1 billion
to the United Nations. The money will be
used to aid refugees, clear landmines, and
fight disease. Former Brown President Vartan
Gregorian attended the New York City dinner
at which Turner made the announcement.
The newly elected class officers are Alan
Grace, president, 120 Longfellow Rd., Sud-
bury, Mass. 01776, (978) 443-9844 or (617)
790-3000; Dick Coopersmith. vice presi-
dent; Dale Burg, secretary; and Nick Angell
and Dale Burg, treasurers.
Dale Burg ghostwrote The Money Club
for Marilyn Crockett and Diane Terman
Felenstein. Released in September, the hook
describes the experiences of an investment
club and serves as a handbook for women on
how to handle their finances. I )ale writes, "It's
gotten a lot of good notices 111 Publishers Weekly
I! N < 1 W N ALUMNI MACAZlNIi
The Alumni Association honors
excellence and service.
A pride of beaming Brunonians was hon-
ored by the Brown Alumni Association at
the annual recognition ceremony on Octo-
ber 18. In the front row are Brown Bear
Award winners Knight Edwards '45, Claire
Henderson '61, and Roger Simon '61; and at
right, William Rogers Award winner and fea-
tured speaker Hermes C. Grillo '43. In the
second row are Chelsey Carrier Remington
'61, winner of the Ittleson Award, given by
the Brown Annual Fund; and Mary Louise
Hinckley Record '37, winner (with Thomas
Brown '50, who was absent) of the John
Hope Award for public service.
Pioneering thoracic surgeon Hermes Grillo
'43 (center), winner of the William Rogers
Award, and his wife, Sue Robinson, talk
with President Gee before the luncheon in
Those in the top three rows received
Alumni Service Awards for their dedication
to alumni activities. Third row: Randall
Sherman '75, Richard Mertens '57, Phebe
Vandersip '98 (RUE), and Henry Vandersip
'56. Fourth row: Dorothy Berger Friar '42,
Rebecca Bliss '92, and David Bloom '71. Top
row: Marc Bergschneider 73 and Paul von
Oeyen '71, '75 M.D. (Julio de Queseda '74
At the awards luncheon,
Rogers Award winner Hermes
Grillo, a thoracic surgeon on the
Harvard Medical School faculty
who is known as the "father of
tracheal surgery," spoke hopefully of new
developments in medical research and edu-
cation. But he cautioned that diminished
funding could threaten both areas. Grillo
directed his harshest words, however, at
trends in health-care delivery. "In my view,"
Grillo told the capacity crowd in Alumnae
Hall, "the greatest failure of American medi-
cine has been in equitable delivery of med-
ical care." He called health-care coverage "a
crazy quilt," and noted that those who con-
trol access to health services are no longer
practitioners but "money managers."
The latest managed-care strategy, "capi-
tation," in which insurers set maximum
reimbursement levels for treatments, drew
an especially pointed blast from Grillo. "The
engine of capitation seeks to place financial
responsibility for medical care on doctors,"
he said, "presenting them with a theme for
a morality play: the less care you give the
sick, the more you may earn! Meanwhile,
CEOs and other health-care managers take
ever-rising and, to me, unconscionable
In the end, Grillo reminded his audi-
ence, medicine must always be about the
needs of individual patients.
The William Rogers Award, named for
Brown's first graduate, annually honors an
alumnus whose service to society exempli-
fies "a life of usefulness and reputation" -
words taken from the Brown charter. It is
the Brown Alumni Association's highest
honor. - Anne Diffily
(> 2 'JANUARY FEBRUARY 1 998
and elsewhere. I tried to put a little humor
into a subject that can be somewhat dry." Dale
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the dates May 22-25 an d watch for news
of our 35th reunion. We are planning a terrific
weekend, including festive events and plenty
of time to become reacquainted with old
friends. We look forward to seeing you. If you
haven't received your tall mailing, call reunion
headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Suzanne Walter Bassani moved into a
new home in May and continues to work for
Pathlore Software, a computer-based training
(CBT) product and services company in
Columbus, Ohio. In the last year, she has trav-
eled extensively, consulting about multimedia
design and training clients to use the com-
pany's new Internet CBT product. She can be
reached at 5807 Westchester Ct.,Worthington,
Ohio 43085; sbassani@pathJore.com.
Elaine Piller Congress, New York City,
has published Multicultural Perspectives iu Work-
ing with Families (Springer). She is director of the
doctoral program and was recently named act-
ing associate dean at Fordham University's Grad-
uate School of Social Service. Last June. Elaine
was elected president of the National Associa-
tion of Social Workers, New York City chapter.
Barbara Chernell Faigin (see Randy
Robert P. Freeman writes: "Joyce and
I have sold our hotel on the Oregon coast and
are heading into retirement - staying in the
same area, but doing a lot of traveling." Robert
can be reached at OreHouse@aol.com.
Gail Caslowitz Levine (see Jane Levine
Raymond Azrak (see Naomi Suzuki '91).
Bruce W. Bean writes: "I am enjoying
my role as managing partner of the Coudert
Brothers' Moscow office. The pace of change
and the tangible progress made in Moscow
toward the completion of Russia's most incred-
ible revolution is amazing to watch and grati-
fying to be a part of. We are starting our third
school year in Moscow, and I am informed by
my children that they intend to graduate from
the Anglo-American School in Moscow in
the years 2000 and 2002 respectively." Bruce
can be reached c/o Coudert Brothers, 11 14
Avenue of the Americas, New York City 10036;
Gerald Eggert (see Arnold Eggert '41).
Robert J. Follows received an MBA.
from Wharton and an M.Sc. in computer sci-
ence. He can be reached at 430 High Rock
St., Needham, Mass. 02192.
Mara Gailitis Koppel can be reached
at 5635 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago 60637;
Bill Levine (see Jane Levine '88).
Charlotte Cook Morse, with two British
co-editors, presented professor J. A. Burrow,
Bristol University, with a Festschrift, Essays on
Ricardian Literature (Oxford University Press),
which includes her essay "From Ricardian
Poetry to Ricardian Studies." Charlotte writes,
"The celebration made a fine ending for
the Medieval Futures conference." She can be
reached at 2202 Floyd Ave., Richmond, Va.
Eldon D. Wedlock Jr., the David H.
Means Professor of Law at the University of
South Carolina Law School, has been elected
chair of the university faculty for 1997-99. He
co-authored TlicTree of Liberty: A Documentary
History of Political Crime and Rebellion iu the
United States (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Eldon reports that his wife, Janet L. Nielsen
Wedlock '65, and their two children Stina
'89, '93 M.D. and Sara are doing well. Eldon
can be reached at email@example.com.
Leslie A. Blatt, Maplewood, N.J., is a senior
producer forABCNEWS.com and responsible
for the ABC News site on America Online.
Leslie, who has worked for ABC for thirty years,
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or blattl@
Pamela Farro Crown was looking for-
ward to retiring from the Council for Children,
Charlotte, N.C., in December. She anticipates
becoming a master gardener and traveling to
see friends and family. Pam can be reached at
1901 Sterling Rd., Charlotte 28209.
Christopher Donoho and Joan Hayes
Donoho (see Geoffrey Donoho '94).
Richard W. Holt is a professor of surgery
and assistant dean at the Georgetown Univer-
sity School of Medicine in Washington, DC.
Doug Smith, Colleyville.Tex., writes:
"One year ago I was named national director of
programs for the Boy Scouts of America. |udv.
Dan, and I moved to the Dallas area from Ore-
gon. After thirty-one years with the Boy Scouts,
I am now in charge of everything that's fun!"
Terry and Pat Walker Walsh (see Susan
Smith and Ryan Walsh, both '93).
James P. Galkin is president and CEO of
Crown Cut Packaging Inc., a Pawtucket, R.I..
manufacturing corporation. His son Todd is in
his third year at Case Western Reserve Dental
School, while another son, Lee, graduated
from Suffolk Law School and is living in Man-
hattan with his fiancee, Erika. Lee will be
married in October. James can be reached at
73 Whitewood Dr., Cranston, R.I. 02920.
Inc., 4355 Davidson Rd.. Hilliard, Ohio 43026,
(617) 529-0843 or (614) 876-3403; Carolyn
Laughlin VanDam, secretarv;John Barrett.
treasurer; Marjorie Marks, annual giving
coordinator; and Eugene Newman, activities
Save the dates for our 30th reunion. May 22-25.
Come back and share the weekend with old
friends and new. Contact reunion headquar-
ters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not receive
the fall mailing. - Margaret French Gardner and
Joel Bennett was named chair of the law-
practice management section of the American
Bar Association at its annual meeting in San
Francisco in August. Joel, a past president of
the Bar Association of the District of Columbia,
practices employment law in Washington, DC.
Caryl E. Carpenter, Lansdowne, Pa., is
spending her sabbatical fromWidener Univer-
sity working with the Southern Health Care
Network in Melbourne, Australia.
Robert Ladd has been promoted to pro-
fessor after twelve years at Edinburgh Univer-
sity. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Fredi L. Pearlmutter. an attorney with
Cooper, Rose & English, has been appointed
chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's
environmental law section. Fredi is a trustee
of the Harvard Law School Association and
an adjunct professor at Seton Hall, where she
teaches environmental law. She and her hus-
band, Paul D. Cohen, are celebrating their
Paul Payton and his wife.Bette Schultz '73,
are alive and well in Chatham, N.J. - except
for a damaged leg each. Bette tore a knee liga-
ment in the spring, and Paul broke an ankle in
September. Bette is senior director of business
development at Schering Plough for the U.S.
as well as foreign markets. Paul's voice-over
work continues to expand, and he has done
national spots for Pillsbury, Life magazine, and
Bell Atlantic. Paul and Bette can be reached at
67 Candace Ln., Chatham 07928.
Joan M. Ruffle continues to work at the
Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. She
was recently promoted to associate professor
of clinical anesthesia at Penn State. Joan can be
reached at 1132 Draymore Ct., Hummelstown,
The newly elected class officers are David
Chichester, president, c/o Red Roof Inns
Paul G. Farrell. Falmouth. Mass.. has been
named a trustee of the Massachusetts Bar
Foundation. Paul is a partner 111 the firm of
Paul G. Farrell and Associates.
John Hammett is president of the Safety
Speed Cut in Anoka, Minn. He lives in Chan-
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE • 63
hassen, Minn., with his wife.Carri (San Fran-
cisco State University '75), and their three
Peter McMenamin became director of
health policy development for the American
Medical Association in September. His primary
office is m the AMA's Washington. D.C., build-
ing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glenn S. Orton received NASA's Out-
standing Scientific Achievement Medal for his
work describing the conditions on Jupiter,
where the Galileo probe entered the atmos-
phere. He remains busy with the orbited por-
tion of the mission, now extended through
the end of 1909. Glenn can be reached at 949
Monte Verde Dr., Arcadia, Calif. 91007.
Kenneth S. Cohen was appointed to a three-
year term on a federal commission that advises
the Secretary of Labor and Congress on retire-
ment and health-care issues. The fifteen mem-
ber Advisory Council on Employee Welltare
and Pension Benefit Plans is currently holding
hearings on the use of soft-dollar compensation
by pension investment managers, investments
111 employer securities by 401 (k) plans, and the
decline ot defined- benefit pension plans. Ken
chairs the working group on defined-benefit
plans. The advisory council expected to make
its recommendations to Secretary of Labor
Alexis Herman and Congress by the end ot
1997. Ken is a senior vice president at Mass-
Mutual, and his daughter, Dara '01 , is a fresh-
man at Brown. He can be reached at 59
Woodlot Rd., Amherst, Mass. 01002; kcohen
• a 111 issnmtual.com.
Elie Hirschfeld, New York City, and his
w ife, Susan, announce the birth of Benjamin
on Aug. 14. "Everyone is happy and healthy,"
Elie \\ rites.
The newly elected class officers are George
Billings, president. 1101 King St., # 601.
Alexandria, Va. 22314,(703) 5 18-51 So; Charles
Gross, set rct.u v; Joan Wernig Sorensen,
treasurer; Joseph Mittleman, annual giving
I hair; Don Stanford, events coordinator;
Oliver Cromwell, vice president, east region;
Terry Plochman, vice president, midwest
region; and Mark Blumenkranz, vice presi-
dent, west region.
Harriet Hanzel Cole writes: "Our
daughter Lisa '99 is spending the fall semester
studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
( >ur daughter Be( k\ is a first-year student at
li 11 11 in]. We are trying to adjust to our empty
nest, bin it's aw fully quiet! Alan '73, '76 M.D.
is looking forward to his 25th reunion." Har-
I I 1 and Alan can be reached at 35 Eliot Hill
Rd.. Natick, Mass. 01760.
Victor De Gruttola was named a fellow
ol the American Statistic il Association 111
August. I le is .1 professor of biostatistics at
VICTORIA ROBIN '67
Save money, be happy
It sounds simple enough, but Victoria Robin's
message - to spend less and save more to
enjoy the things you hold dear - can be a
tough sell. Knowing that many people find it
difficult to scale back their lifestyles, Robin
and her co-author, the late Joe Dominguez,
published Your Money or Your Life, a "guide
to voluntary simplicity," in 1992. Their nine-
step program for getting out of debt, achiev-
ing financial independence through frugality,
and stashing away money in government-
insured bonds has since sold more than
"It's about common sense, not depriva-
tion," Robin says. "We are teaching people
to become more aware of their spending
habits and values." Robin practices what she
preaches. She shares a home with several
people, drives a 1984 Toyota Tercel, and lives
off the interest from her bonds. "People are
beginning to realize life can be too complex,"
she contends. "They have too much, they do
too much, and they know too many people."
Your Money or Your Life, which has been
translated into several foreign languages,
asks readers to make an honest comparison
and what their
purchased for them, both physically and spir-
itually. The book dispenses practical how-to
advice on living below your means, getting
out of debt, and maintaining a detailed
budget of your expenses while keeping the
most important question clearly in focus:
Is your level of satisfaction proportional to
your investments of time and money?
"It's about gaining control of your life
and finding out what is most important to
you," Robin says. "Many people are discov-
ering that they've been buying material
things to fill immaterial needs."
The book's success has presented Robin
with another opportunity to put her money
where her mouth is. She has established the
New Road Map Foundation, staffed by vol-
unteers who have achieved financial inde-
pendence through Your Money or Your Life.
The foundation awards grants of $500 to
$2,000 to organizations that promote sus-
tainability and frugality. "We already had
enough," Robin says. "We want to give back
to organizations that are helping scale back
consumption." - Richard P. Morin
the Harvard School of Public Health.
Save the dates May 22-25. This is it - our
25th! This is the once-in-a-lifetime reunion.
our biggest and best, but only if you are there
to celebrate with us. You should have received
the fall reunion mailing. If not. please contact
reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947. We
look forward to seeing you in May.
Janet Adams and Barry Johnson gut
together with Peter Ma (aTougaloo College
exchange student in 1974) 111 Portland, Oreg.,
this September. I hex hail not seen each other
in more than twenty years and had a lot ot
catching up to do. A good time was had by
all. Peter and Janet live 111 Silver Spring, Md..
while Barry lives 111 Portland. Janet can be
reac lied at 13717 Mills Ave., Silver Spring 20904.
Eric Buermann has been re-elected
chairman ol the board ol trustees of Ransom
Everglades School in Miami. Eric, an attorney,
is also involved 111 real estate and banking. He
serves 111 Tallahassee as vice chairman and
commissioner for the Florida Elections Com-
mission and lives 111 Miami with his wife and
Charles C. Goetsch is a partner 111 the
New Haven law firm of Cahill and Goetsch,
where he specializes in civil trials and appeals
in the federal courts of Connecticut and New
York. Earlier this year Charles argued a case
before the United States Supreme Court on
behalf of the "Snowmen of Grand Central
Terminal." a group of railroad workers who
were exposed to massive amounts ot asbestos
while working in the tunnels beneath Grand
Central Terminal. Charles and his wife, Cecilia
C. Motfitt. have two children: Benjamin, H>.
ami Megan. 10. They can be reached at 39
Round Hill Rd.,Woodbridge, Conn. 06525.
Deborah Mayhew (see John W. May-
Mark G. Rovzar lives m Warwick, R.L,
r> 4 • 1 \ \ 1 a r > 11 11 R 1 ,\ in 19 1) 8
with his wife, Judy, and sons Alex, is. and Max,
13. Mark writes: "Life for the past ten years or
so has centered around the boys' hockey and
golf. And. of course, our jobs! I look forward
to the 25th reunion." Mark can be reached at 74
Balcom Ave., Warwick 02889; email@example.com.
Ken Field spent September as an invited resi-
dent in music composition at the Ucross Foun-
dation in Wyoming. He is working on a CD
of saxophone quartets, which will follow his
first solo release, Subterranea. Ken and his wife,
Karen Aqua (RISD '76). will be in residence
at Alfred University in New York this spring.
Ken's Web site is http://www.saturn.net/~kfield.
Joseph T. Grause Jr. cofounded Cypress
Holding Co. in November 1995. "CHC is a
mutual fund, investment management company
with $1.5 billion under management," Joseph
writes. "There is life after Fidelity!" His children
are: Joseph, 16; John, 13: and Alex, 11. Joseph
can be reached at 29 Windsor Rd., Needham.
John Copenhaver was appointed by Presi-
dent Clinton to direct the Federal Emergency
Management Agency's regional oft ice in
Atlanta. John is responsible for administering a
variety of federal emergency-preparedness.
prevention, and disaster-recovery programs for
eight states. Prior to joining FEMA, (ohn was
adviser for the worldwide crisis response team
at IBM Business Recovery Services. John and
his wife, Lynn, live in Marietta, Ga.
David Given is a general partner at Key
Equity Capital, which invests in privately
owned manufacturing businesses. David and
his wife. Julie, keep busy with the activities of
their n -year-old son, Rory. "We are in peri-
odic, but not frequent enough, contact with
classmates John Cangemi, Pete Chelovich.
Jerry Gilligan.Jim Madich, Bob Mueller,
GregVezzosi '76, and Jim Love '7X.We are
committed Cleveland hockey parents with
fellow alums Susan Crooks Neville '71 and
Jim Malgieri '74 and his wife, Wendy Ternes
Malgieri '74. We are also enjoying friendship
with three fellow hockey alumni who recently
moved to Cleveland: Michel Bayard '88,
Kevin Lovitt Si, and Derek Chauvette '93.
We're looking forward to the 25th reunion in
the new millennium!'' David can be reached
at 19115 Shaker Blvd.. Shaker Heights. Ohio
Timothy D. Miller writes: "I now haw
two daughters: Ehse. X, and ( Turc. 4. I am still
practicing small-animal veterinary medicine at
my 1 lime in Arlington. Tex. My family and I
trawl to Maine each summer and would love
to contact John Rosenberg, Susie Kaye, or
other Brown alumni while in New England."
Timothy can be reached at 4N2N Meadow-
brook Dr.. Fort Worth. Tex. 76103.
Joanne Polayes-Wien writes: "Aileen
Lum Murphy, Susan Schlamb Carroll.
Valerie Underwood, and I got together for a
belated 20th reunion in June 1996 in Port-
land. Oreg. A wonderful time was had by all.
I'm still enjoying living 111 Seattle, especially
during the summer when I try to cram in as
much hiking, biking, gardening, and other
outdoor activities as possible. My husband,
Perry, and I bought mountain bikes this year
and have been exploring new places to use
them." Joanne still works at the Washington
Department of Geology 111 the toxics cleanup
program and can be reached at 1600 Warren
Ave. N., Seattle 9X109: firstname.lastname@example.org. gov.
Michael Schmit is deputy executive
director of the Pennsylvania Came Commis-
sion, a state wildlife management agency. He
can be reached at RD2. Box 2065, Fleetwood,
IN THE NEWS
A Powerful Precedent: At a swearing-in
ceremony in Providence on November 13,
0. Rogeriee Thompson '73 became the
first black woman justice of the Rhode
Island Superior Court. Thompson, a former
District Court judge, told the crowd: "I
accept [this] place in history with pride and
with honor, but . . . the fact that I am the
only one means we have work yet to do
[in] broadening the scope of the bench."
Richard Smith has been teaching psychol-
ogy at the University ot Kentucky since 1990.
He and his wife, Sung Hee Kim, have two
daughters: Rosanna, 9. and Caroline, 5. Richard
can be reached at 2996 Runnymeade Way,
1 exmgton, Ky. 40503: email@example.com.
Neil D. Steinberg lives in Pawtucket,
R.I. .with his wife. Genie Shao '77, and then-
sons Jason, 12, and Eric, 9. Neil is an executive
vice president at Fleet Bank and continues to
run competitively. Neil and Genie can be
reached at 46 Roberta Ave., Pawtucket 02X60.
Mark Weston's play The L.i<l Man in
Europe, about George Orwell, was performed
by Broadway actor Michael Allinson at the
English Speaking Union in New York City on
Nov. 4. Mark is finishing the last chapter of
his second book. Giants oj lapan:The Stories qj
Japan's Greatest Men and Women. He can be
reached at P.O. Box 892,Armonk, N.Y. 10504.
Scott Wolf is 111 his third year as execu-
tive director of The "97 Project, an issue-
education and grassroots lobbying organization.
"( )ur principal mission is to move public opin-
ion and national legislation 111 a more progres
sive direction," Scott writes. "This job has
made my wife, Joyce, and me experts about
the phenomenon of commuter marriages,
since we are dividing our time between Wash-
ington. D.C., and Providence." Scott can be
reached at 70 President Ave.. Providence 02906;
Michael Young was appointed acting
president and CEO ofJAMS-Endispute, the
largest provider of alternative dispute resolu-
tion services 111 the country. Michael is also a
mediator and arbitrator with the same firm.
He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his wife,
Debra Raskin, also an attorney, and their chil-
dren Isaac, 16, and Dara, 12. Michael cm be
reached at 295 St. John PI., #6A, Brooklyn
1 1238; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Dooley, Reston.Va., is executive
director of the world's largest international
trade association for Internet service providers.
She married John Lyons, a senior correspon-
dent with the ABC Radio Network, and the
couple is trying to end the NewYork-to-
Washmgton, DC, commute. Barbara would
be happy to hear from classmates at (703) 709-
Wendy Mason-Hummel is taking a
sabbatical from a career in health-care admin-
istration to raise sons Mark, 10, and Scott, X,
and daughter Mackenzie, 4. "Becoming mi
expert on early childhood education, multiple
scheduling, and the mmivan is a must," writes
Wendy. "A recent white-water river ratting
trip in Chile was the highlight of interna-
tional travel. I would love to catch up with
old friends, so come visit sunny San Diego."
She can be reached at 1423s Primrose Ct.,
Poway, Calif. 92064; email@example.com.
Anna Bobiak Nagurney 'No Sc.M., '83
Ph.D. has co-authored Financial Networks: Stat-
ics and Dynamics (Springer- Veiiag). The book
presents a new theory ot multi-sector, multi-
instrument financial systems based on the
visualization of systems such as networks.
Anna is 3 professor in the Department of
Finance and Operations Management at the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
John Henry Pitts Jr. writes: "I have
relocated to Boston after (too) many years in
Houston. The business opportunities for my
company, Pharr Capital I )evelopment, are the
reason for the move. I really enjoyed seeing
Kathy Garrett and Lonnie Berry at our
reunion. Arlene, Cece, and Sharon, where
were you?" John encourages friends to get 111
touch with him at 505 Paradise Rd.,#2Il,
Swampscott, Mass. 01907; (7X1) 599-8274.
Charlie Walker was appointed advisory
director, private equity, at Hambrecht & Quist
in San Francisco. Formerly Charlie was diret -
tor of Allstate Insurance Co.'s project finance
unit 111 Northbrook. 111. He can be reached at
I he newly elected class officers are Ann Gal-
ligan, co-president, 15 Cole Ave., Providence
B DOWN A I U M N I M A G A Z I N 1 • 6 5
SKIP GORMAN '71
Singin' on the Range
A cowboy crooner with academic roots
Skip Gorman figures fellow alumni will get a
kick out of his lifestyle. Though he is neither
the first nor the most famous musician to
emerge from the Van Wickle Gates, Gorman
is an original: a cowboy singer with deep
roots in academe.
"I've been involved in traditional folk
music my whole life," Gorman explains. At
Brown he combined his knowledge of history
and folk tradition with Spanish and anthro-
pology for an independent concentration in
Latin American studies. Gorman, who plays
the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, believes that
studying music is "a great way to study his-
tory and ethnicity. It forces you to have both
your eyes and ears open."
Following graduation, Gorman spent a
summer in Ireland researching traditional fid-
dle styles and the Celtic roots of American folk
music. "Playing with musicians in the British
Isles gave me a chance to see where American
folk music was really coming from. I was in
the thick of the folk revival." His passion for
history led to graduate studies in Latin Ameri-
can history at the University of Utah, where
his interests in cowboy music and the Ameri-
can West flowered.
After teaching history and Spanish at Suf-
field Academy in Connecticut and the Tilton
School in New Hampshire, Gorman devoted
himself full-time to music five years ago. Under
a contract with Rounder Records, he has
released two albums and has a third, Rough
Riders' Refrain, in the works. Critics have
gushed about Gorman's "leather-real" voice
and "lulling and lonely" fiddle, and his music
has been featured on Prairie Home Compan-
ion as well as in two of Ken Burns's television
documentaries, Baseball and Lewis and Clark.
Not only does Gorman count Burns and
Garrison Keillor among his fans, he has also
forged friendships with Paul Fees '76 A.M. ,'82
Ph.D., the senior curator at the Buffalo Bill
Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. ("He es-
corts me through their vaults," says a grateful
Gorman splits his time between a 41,000-
acre ranch in Wyoming, where he is involved
in re-creating the cattle drives of the 1800s,
and a 200-year-old farmhouse in New Hamp-
shire. "My lifestyle is not for everyone," he
says, "but it's really what I've always wanted
Although Gorman is busy performing
around the world, he always has time to give
an impromptu history lesson. "Did you know
that much of cowboy lingo is derived from
Spanish?" he asks, the excitement rising in his
voice. "Like 'buckaroo' is from the Spanish
word for cowboy, vaquero. This is fascinating
stuff!" - Torri Still
02906,(617) 373-3439: Mark Druy. co-presi-
dent, 38 Bonad Rd., Arlington, Mass. 02174,
(617) 641-1957 or (781) 890-0018, mardruy(g!
tiac.net; Nancy Lewis Nichols and Allyson
Davis Hicks, co-secretaries; John L. Sherry
and Janie Weinberg, co-treasurers; Josh
Fidler and Genine Macks Fidler. annual
giving coordinators; Debbie Chick. Gerry
Massa. and John Bouda, events coordinators;
Cheryl Lopes and Cindy Flowers, program
chairs; and Mark Hauser.Web master.
Rodney L. Lofton has been appointed
leader of the advanced international space sta-
tion engineering and technology development
office at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He is
responsible for the development and execu-
tion of station risk-mitigation experiments
performed on the Russian Mir space station
Rodney can be reached at 3914 Quiet Knoll
tit., I louston 77059.
Matthew R. Mock. Berkeley, Calif., is
in 1 of family, youth, and children's services
and systemwide multicultural-services coordi-
natoi tin the city of Berkeley's Mental Health
I (ivision. I lis program received a Family Ther-
apy Network. Innovations in Training award
Randall J. Sunshine works for the law
firm of Liner. Yankelevitz, Sunshine, Wemhart,
Riley & Regenstreif in Santa Monica, Calif.
Make your plans now to return to campus for
our 20th reunion on the weekend of May
22-25. S ave the dates for gala times, renewed
friendships, and joyful reminiscing. Please
contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-
1947 it you did not receive a tall mailing.
Vivian Comer and her sons, Owen. 9,
and Ellis, 6, have moved to England, where
Vivian is class one teacher at the Michael House
Rudolf Sterner School. (She will move up
with the class until they graduate from eighth
grade in 2005.) Owen is in third grade, and
Ellis is in kindergarten. In 1993, Vivian left the
FD1C legal division, where she had headed
the bankruptcy section since 1985. She would
love to hear from friends living or traveling 111
England. She can be reached at 21 Lee Ln..
I angley, Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7HN.
U.K.; (01773) 7I4 X °7-
Abby J. Cohen and her husband. Jeff
Sandler (University ofTexas),"are thrilled to
announce the long-awaited arrival ot Jesse
Sage, on Sept. 26." He joins his big sister,
Maya, who is in first grade. Abby left the Child
Care Law Center of San Francisco in May,
after working on a range of child-care legal
issues tor more than fourteen years as manag-
ing attorney (seven of which she also spent as
executive director). "I'm now working on my
own as a child care law and policy consultant."
Abby writes, "and I recently completed a pro-
ject focused on improving the quality of child
care offered under welfare reform." Jeff, who
maintains a private psychiatry practice in San
Francisco, finished his analytic training last
year. "We are looking forward to attending
the reunion and hope our friends will try to
come. I keep reading about all of Providence's
changes and am eager to see for myself." Abby
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey G. Freudberg and Suzanne
Oesterreicher announce the birth of Jeremy
and Rose Freudberg on Jan. 10,1997. They
can be reached at 102 Clark St.. Newton
Center, Mass. 02159.
David Hahn.a composer, completed
Zoological Bagatelles, a work for mandolin and
guitar. It premiered 111 Nashville 111 November
at the National Convention of Classical Man-
dohmsts and is scheduled to be published by
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Plucked String Editions. David can be reached
at 10027 31st Ave., NE, Seattle 98125.
Robert E. Feldman has been appointed
executive secretary ot the FDIC. Robert, a
seventeen-year FDIC veteran, had been deputy
executive secretary since May 198S. He lives
in Annandale.Va., with his wife, Peggy Jo, and
their two daughters. Amy and Laurie.
Don Share has been named contributing
editor ot Partisan Review. His translation ot the
selected poems of Miguel Hernandez, 1 Have
Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books), was published
111 June. In the upcoming year, he will have
two more books published: Seneca in English
and Lorca in English, both from Penguin. He
would love to hear fromYash. Don can be
reached at email@example.com.
IN THE NEWS
A Picture's Worth: Still I Rise: A Cartoon
History of African Americans, by Roland
Owen Laird Jr. '82 and his wife, Taneshia
Nash Laird, was featured as a "Book of
the Month" on W.W. Norton's Web site,
www.wwnorton.com. The Lairds "pull no
punches as they confront the betrayals and
murderous deprivations faced by black
people in both the North and South," Nor-
ton's reviewer said. The couple has started
their own business, Posro Media, in Edison,
Neil and Beth Evans Mufson announce the
arrival of Charles Jae Jung Mufson from Seoul,
South Korea, on Aug. 7. Charlie was born on
March 8, 1997. He joins big sister Amelia, 2 'A.
The family lives in Easton, Md., where Neil is
headmaster of the Country School.
Eric R. Albert is still constructing crossword
puzzles for a living. He can be reached at 14
Hancock St., Auburndale, Mass. 02166.
Andrea Estepa co-edited Starting with I
(Persea Books). The book, which includes a
foreword by Edwidge Danticat '93 M.F.A..
is a collection of teenagers' personal essays about
such issues as violence, racism, and parenting.
John E. Bauinan and his wife, Jill, announce
the birth of their first child, Isabelle Anthony.
"Her middle name is the family name of my
mother. Adele Anthony '49. It also belonged
to my grandfather. Elijah Anthony '18," John
writes. "I continue to work as a literary agent
111 the entertainment industry at the Gersh
Agency in Beverly Hills, and in that capacity
am in touch with many illustrious Brown
grads. 1 am always open to meeting fellow
alums who are looking to break in." John can
be reached at 9367 Airdrome St., Los Angeles
Scott R. Dumont joined General
Investment &: Development Co. (GID) in
Boston as senior vice president for residential
operations. He has operating responsibility for
GID's forfy-hve residential properties in six-
teen states. Previously, Scott was president of
Chatham Management, a Boston-based real
estate management company.
Anita E. Flax and Charles A. Moore III
announce the birth of their fourth child and
second daughter, Rachel Hope Moore, on
Nov. 4, 1996. Their other children are Sara, 5,
Spencer, 4, and Carson, 2. Anita can be reached
at 40 Glen Ave., Cranston, R.I. 02905.
Victoria Kaprielian is still living happily
in Durham, N.C. She is director of predoctoral
education and faculty development for the
Department of Community and Family Med-
icine at Duke Medical Center. Victoria writes:
"In my all-too-limited spare time I take care
of my two feline 'children' and my wonderful
house in the woods. Plenty of room for old
friends visiting the Triangle." She can be reached
at 7106 Calais Dr., Durham 27712.
Tom Kong and Gloria Lau were married
on Oct.5 in San Francisco. Peter Anderson,
who sent this note, was best man. Eli Avila
'86 M.D., George Kong, Rolf von Widen-
felt '83, and Amy Costa Migdal '87 scaled
the hilly San Francisco terrain to the church
and, following the pronouncement of "hus-
band and wife," were treated to a traditional
eight-course Chinese banquet. Congratula-
tions and words of wisdom can be sent to
Tom and Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Lovitt (see David Given '75).
Marty Nemzow has written several new
books, including ISDN Sourcebook, and two
Internet thrillers: Building Cyherstore and Web
I "idea Complete. He lives in Miami Beach and
can be reached at email@example.com.
Pamela C. Scott married Phil Balshi, an
Andover classmate. Pam is a partner in the
human-resources consulting division of Coop-
ers & Lybrand, and her husband is a creative
consultant to Young & Rubicam, the New
York-based advertising agency. They live in
New York City and can be reached at
Irene Sinrich Sudac and Mark Sudac
(Boston University '84) announce the birth of
Helene Renee on July 20. Helene joins older
brother Marcus, who turned 3 in December.
Irene writes: "I am back to work full-time
and continue my involvement with Brown as
treasurer of the BAA." She can be reached at
297 Stamford Ave., Stamford, Conn. 06902;
David E.Torrence writes: "I'm happily
divorced and teaching social studies in East
Cleveland (Ohio) city schools. I'm also coach-
ing women's basketball, which is surprisingly
fun. I would love to hear from any of the old
gang from the classses of 1978 through 19S4.
or any of my former 'slaves' from the 'College
Hell' Travel days." David can be reached at
2622 E. 130th St., Cleveland 44120: detorrence
The newly elected class officers include Eric
Moscahlaidis, president, 4700 Northern Blvd.,
Long Island City, N.Y moi; (718) 729-9000.
Roger Baumgarten and Barrett Sheri-
dan announce the birth of Thomas Wright
Baumgarten on Sept. 11. Alex, 2/4, is thrilled
to be the big brother in the house. Barrett
took a leave from her job as assistant consumer
advocate in the Pennsylvania Attorney Gen-
eral's Office, but she had planned to return by
the end ot 1997. Roger continues as press sec-
retary for the Pennsylvania Department of
Corrections. They can be reached at 3812
Chippenham Rd., Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055;
Sharlene W. Graham Lassiter writes:
"This year has been very good to me and my
children Lindsey, 4, and Ellery, 2. I was pro-
moted to lull professor of law and awarded
tenure at Salmon P. Chase College of Law,
Northern Kentucky University. Everything
looks better when you have the job security
tenure provides." Sharlene can be reached at
IN THE NEWS
Inn-Roads: The Wall Street Journal profiled
Barry S. Sternlicht '82 and his "rise from
business school to hotel mogul in just a
decade." In September, Sternlicht's Star-
wood Lodging Trust acquired Westin Hotels
and Resorts, cementing his position as
"one of the nation's most prolific hotel buy-
ers." By November he was making head-
lines with a blockbuster $13.7 billion friendly
takeover of the ITT Corporation, whose
Sheraton Hotels and Caesar's World casinos
were also sought by Hilton Hotels.
James K. Sams was elected partner at
KPMCi Peat Marwick. James, who joined the
firm 111 1993, works m the Washington national
tax practice, international services area, at
KPMG's Washington, DC, office. He lives 111
Chevy Chase, Md., with his wife, Lisa, and
their children, Claire Najla and James Khalil.
Sharon Cornu Toney and her husband.
Mark, moved to Oakland, Calif., 111 1995 with
Isaiah, 7, and Benjamin, 5. Mark is organizing
while working on a Ph.D. at Berkeley. Sharon
IIIII1WN ALUMNI MAGAZINE ♦ 67
does political organizing with labor unions.
"We'd love to hear from friends - especially
those who aren't 'the BAM type'- in the Bay
Area.'' Sharon writes. She can be reached at 3514
California St.. I Xikland 94619; firstname.lastname@example.org.
John M. Townes married Helen Kirschner
(Mount Holyoke '89) in Portland, Oreg., last
May. After a three-week honeymoon to Italy,
they relocated to Nashville. Tenn., where they
are both working torVanderbilt University.
John is completing a one-year clinical fellowship
in infectious diseases and reports that, in their
little spare time, he and his wite spend time
hiking and camping with Phmeas (a labrador)
and Poppy (a whippet).
K.j.a. Wishnia published 2} Slnides of
Black (Imaginary Press). He teaches writing at
Queens College and SUNY-Stony Brook.
Save the dates May 22-25! Our 15th reunion
is fast approaching, and your committee has
put some great plans in place. Come back and
share the weekend with old and new friends.
Come see the Providence you have been
reading about in the NewYork Times. Watch
your mail for reunion news. If you did not
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sultry, with a big heart and zest for life. Reply to
BAM Personals. Providence, R.I. 02912.
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included. Hill White. Box 790, Franconia, N.H.
(803) 823-5252 or (787) 742-0042.
I AMID 1 .Allll RING. Newly restored National
Register house on 32 acres overlooking Narragan-
ii li. R..1 sleeps jo. 11 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, a
kiu hens. 2 laundries. Private tennis court and
Near Newport and transportation. Available
ks in summer. (203) 259- 1916
receive your fall mailing, please contact
reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Dexter E. Arrington practices obstetrics
and gynecology in Chicago at the Southwest
Center for Women's Health. He can be reached
at 416 E. North Water St., Chicago 60611;
Jonathan M. GutofF joined Roger
Williams University School of Law, Bristol,
R.I., as an assistant professor of law. His areas
of expertise are federal, jurisdiction, remedies,
and admiralty. For the past two years Jonathan
taught atTulane University Law School.
Laura Haynes and her husband, Robert
Collector, announce the birth of Graham
Wiley Collector on Sept. 8. Graham joins
brother John, 6, and sister Lizzie, 10. Friends
can reach Laura at 660 Oak Springs Ln.,
Montecito, Calif. 9310S; (805) 969-5468.
Carl Spitzer is taking a six-month sab-
batical from his emergency-medicine practice
in San Francisco to contemplate a career in
the environmental held. "My wife, Karen
Goldberg, our sixteen-month-old daughter,
Zoe, and I will be sailing the eastern Caribbean
on our catamaran. Blue Moon, leaving Tortola,
BVI, in early December," Carl writes. He
would love to hear from friends via e-mail at
NEW ZEALAND. Trout fishing paradise on Lake
Taupo. quiet resort village. (401) 434-1071.
PROVENCE. Charming 4-bedroom. 2-bath village
house. Fireplace, antiques, terrace, garden. Small
wine town near Avignon. (415) 536-2656.
PROVENCE. Delightful, roomy farmhouse.
Roman/medieval town. (860) 672-6608.
PROVENCE. Lovely hilltop village home in
Luberon. Beautiful views. Pool. Sleeps 4. (847) 869-
ROME. ITALY. 18th-century country villa. Spec-
tacular views. Featured in Gourmet magazine. (609)
SOUTHERN SPAIN. Mountain farm, halt-hour
from Mediterranean. 60-foot pool, horses, glorious
scenery. Cottage and three studio apartments, trom
$275 to S495 per week (low season). (719) 687-9855
ST. MAARTEN. Small, private, creamy pink villas
on the sea. Secluded snorkelmg.Tahitian gardens.
1-3 bedrooms. Maria Licari, (800) 942-6725.
WEST CORK, IRELAND. Traditional stone cot-
tage. Renovated. 2 bedrooms. 2 baths. A.W. Bates.
282] E. 3rd St. .Tucson, Ariz. 85716.
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Our reunion is only two years away. Please
contact Darcy Travlos with your news so we
can pull together ideas, suggestions, and vol-
unteers for our 15th. Darcy has moved to
Paris with her husband, Chad, after spending a
grueling summer at Middlebury College
attempting to gain some language skills. They
live right by the Eiffel Tower and welcome
visitors. Darcy can be reached at 1, rue du
Capitaine Scott, 75015 Paris, France; (33)1-45-
Fred Brodie and Donna Van Alst adopted
Rafael Irwin Brodie in Guatemala last June.
Rafael was born Oct. 26, 1996, and "is a happy
little guy - energetic and quite active," Fred
reports. Donna received her M.S.W from the
Rutgers School of Social Work in May. Fred is
a litigation partner at Winthrop Stimson Put-
nam & Roberts in NewYork City. They can
be reached at email@example.com (home);
Sue Gulliver Carlson lives in Greenwich,
Conn., with her husband, Peter, and two chil-
dren: Scott. 2 '2, and Porter, born in December
1996. Sue is enjoying motherhood, watching
Scott learn left from right, and experiencing
Porter's first year. Sue would love to hear from
classmates and can be reached at 9 Pilot Rock
Ln., Riverside, Conn. 06878, (203) 637-9141.
Kirsten Duckett writes:"! have finally
moved to Asia. I am now living and working
just south of Seoul, South Korea, and I expect
to be here for at least two years. I teach Eng-
lish at Samsung's HR Development Center,
which provides beautiful surroundings and an
intense professional challenge. I am very
happy to be working full-time after so many
years of under-employment in Europe. My
husband is now taking a turn at being the
supportive rather than the supporting spouse.
I welcome contact with old friends. By the
way, if any of you are interested in where I
am. just look at the cover of the April '96
B.LU.That is a picture of the bedroom com-
munity where I now live!" Kirsten can be
reached c/o Samsung HRDC, 12-21 Kasil-Ri.
Pokok-Myun.Yongin City, Kyongki-Do, South
Korea 449-810; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Gaynor is a public defender in
Old Town Alexandna.Va. He was married in
1 992 to Barb, whom he met in law school.
They live with their dog. Maddie, and two cats,
Calvin and Hobbes. Kevin can be reached at
Rodanthe Nichols Hanrahan has been
living in Asia for several years, the last two near
Beijing. She previously lived in Hong Kong,
where she returned this fall with her husband,
Paul; daughter, Kaley, 4; and newborn son.
Chris. Rodanthe reports that life in Beijing is
"a little slower-paced" than life in Hong Kong
and that "the locals are very interesting and
friendly and the expats a hearty bunch. Paul
and I both learned to speak conversational
Mandarin, and it's really a hoot to hear us talk."
Rodanthe can be reached at hanrahan@iuol.
I A N \ \ R ] FEBRUARY I ' ) ' 1 8
JUDITH B. FOX '73
Helping women inmates re-enter
the real world
Judith Fox estimates that roughly 90 percent
of the women who enter Rhode Island's
Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston
have an underlying drug addiction or men-
womeiI m Y
tal health issue. "If these women have any
chance of succeeding when they are
Gloria DiSa |j| 'Idg
released from prison," she says, "it's not
going to happen overnight." What they
munity services," she says. "There just
need, she says, is a middle ground to help
aren't a sufficient number to meet these
them change years of negative behavior
women's needs." According to Fox, because
women tend to commit nonviolent crimes,
As coordinator of a prison program that
their sentences are relatively short, so they
matched inmates with volunteer mentors.
move in and out of prison quickly. "Also,"
Fox realized that female inmates' needs
she adds, "men more frequently have a
were different from those of their male
home to return to after being released.
counterparts. This was especially true for
while women have to establish their own
transition issues. So Fox and her colleagues
lomes right away."
decided to develop a new program that
Although the primary purpose of
would focus solely on the transitional needs
Women in Transition is to help the female
of female prisoners.
)rison population, an additional mission is
The two-year-old Women in Transition
community education. "So many of these
program she helped establish addresses
women have suffered abuse and need emo-
issues that affect women disproportionately,
ional support," Fox says, "but most people
such as intermediate housing, drug addic-
lave only a stereotypical image of a female
tion, mental illness, parenting, and job
prisoner based on what they've seen on TV.
counseling. "Women in Transition tries to
t's this image that we're trying to change."
bridge the gaps between pre-existing com-
- Torri Still
Scott Harris has been living in Luxem-
bourg for two years, working as director of
finance for AlliedSignal Catalysts just over the
border in Florange. France. He and his wife.
Gigi, have two daughters: Katie, \Vz, who is
finishing her first year at the American School
of Luxembourg, and Julie, 2. Gigi is active at
the school and with the women's club of
Luxembourg. They recently visited Erik
Holm-Olsen and his wife, Anne, in Dar Es
Salaam, Tanzania, where Erik works for USIA.
Scott can be reached at email@example.com.
Susan S. Klawans was promoted to pro-
ject executive in Gilbane Construction Co.'s
Boston office. She began her construction
career in 1984, when she joined Gilbane as
management trainee, and has since been an
assistant engineer, superintendent, and project
Ken McGraw became a new father
when Alexandra Lindsey was born July 29. He
reports that he, Lisa, and Alexandra are all
Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison and Sean
Morrison '86 announce the birth of Corey
Adam on May 2. He joins Kyle, 4. Elizabeth is
an associate professor ot management and
organizational behavior at New York University,
and Sean is an assistant professor of geriatrics
and medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical
Center in New York City. They can be reached
at (212) 995-0548; emornso@stern. nyu.edu.
Sheila McCann Morrison has a one-
year-old son, Gavin. She has been in Costa Rica
for six years and manages Dole's vegetable oper-
ations. Sheila writes: "I wear sunscreen every
day because my old Brown roommate, Rose-
lyn Epps, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C.,
reminds me every time I hear from her." Sheila,
her husband, Bob, and Gavin welcome visitors
and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Olsen is happy in his new position
at Roberston, Stephens & Co. in San Fran-
cisco, where he helps develop the convertible-
Simone Ravicz had a son, Rio, last
November. She finished her Ph.D. in clinical
psychology and will complete her residency at
Cedars Sinai Hospital in July. She plans to work
part-time until she takes the oral exam 111 Jan-
uary. Simone would love to hear from class-
mates at email@example.com or (619) 452-6934.
James M. Slayton writes: "After finishing
an M.B.A. at Harvard in June, I have begun
my post as director of ambulatory services.
Department of Psychiatry, at the Cambridge
Public Health Commission. With the support
and assistance of the Brown University chap-
lain, my partner (Phillip Hernandez) and I
recently led a successful campaign to persuade
the Harvard Board ot Ministry to allow same-
gender blessing services in Memorial Church.
Recently we visited with Eileen Brucken-
thal Roush and Edward Flinchem '85. We
send a special warm welcome to those from
Poland House, Unit 2 (1980-81), and our class-
mates from West Quad." James can be reached
at 90 Forest Hill St., #1, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
02 130; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne Weil works at a seventy-attorney
corporate/securities law firm, Morrison
Cohen Singer & Weinstein. Joanne has been
very busy the last few years, but she has taken
some amazing vacations, such as one to Agadir,
Morocco. She has kept in touch with Robin
Husney, who has two sons. Joanne can be
reached email@example.com; (212) 735-8630
(work); (212) 477-0366 (home).
Deborah A. Baumgarten, Atlanta, writes: "I
was recently at the wedding of Gwen Coen
'87 in New York City. Teri Cohen Alpert.
Anne-Marie Prabulos '87, and Jessica
Lieber Smolar '87 were also in attendance."
Friends can reach Deborah at 1961 Mclendon
Ave.. NE, Atlanta 30307; (404) 377-9019;
Valerie Dry-Henich-Hostettler and
her husband announce the birth of their son,
Morgan, on May 20 in the Commonwealth of
Dominica, West Indies. Last year Valerie left
the world of fashion and marketing in New
York City, where she was advertising director
for Polo Ralph Lauren, to live the Caribbean
dream. She and her husband own and run the
Ruins, a vegetarian and grilled-fish cafe and
cooperative artist space in Roseau, Donnnu a.
Valerie is finally utilizing her urban-studies
BROWN ALUMNI MAtlAZlNl:
degree by directing efforts to revitalize the
historic French Quarter of the eighteenth-
century capital. Valerie invites anyone passing
through to visit. She can be reached at Box
2063, Roseau. Commonwealth of Dominica.
Rick Gilmore writes: '"Until this year, I
thought time kept everything from happening
all at once. This spring. I defended my disser-
tation and earned my Ph.D. in cognitive neu-
roscience from Carnegie Mellon University.
On July 13, my wife. Michelle Katz (Alabama
'86). and daughter. Eleanor. 2. welcomed a
new baby girl. Deborah Claire Gilmore, into
our family. Three weeks later, we moved to
State College, Pa., where I am an assistant
professor of psychology at Penn State. We
welcome friends." Rick can be reached at
1104 Centre Lane, State College 16801;
Suzanne Goldberg and her partner,
Paula Ettelbrick, announce the birth of Adam
Bernard Goldberg Ettelbrick on March 1 1 .
"He's a great smiler and giggler, and he can't
wait to start talking." Suzanne writes. After "a
very enjoyable maternity leave," Suzanne
returned to work as a staff attorney at Lambda
Legal Defense and Education Fund in Sep-
tember. She has spent the past six years work-
ing on a wide range of challenges to anti-gay
discrimination. Suzanne can be reached at
Jim Johnston and his wife, Pam (Univer-
sity of Kentucky '84), announce the birth of
their first child. Leah Kay, on July 23. Jim is
.111 engineering manager at DataBeam. and
Pam now works part-time for the same com-
pany. They can be reached at 3805 Gillespies
Glen, Lexington, Ky. 40514; (606) 223-6369;
Eileen A. Keneck is working at Boston
Medical Center (formerly Boston City Hos-
pital) as a pediatric emergency physician.
Eileen writes; "My husband, Richard Aubry,
and I increased our family by two feet in
June. Caroline Ann Aubry joined big brother
Matthew." Eileen can be reached at 24 Berk-
shire Rd.. Needham, Mass. 02192.
Jon Rozoff has moved to Chevy Chase,
Md., to open and head the Washington, DC,
office of Cornerstone Research, a finance and
economics consulting firm. He would be happy
to hear from Brown friends in the Washington
area and can be reached at home (301) 718-
0543 or at work (202) 467-8005.
L. Kady Slavin and Peter O'Halloran
announce the birth of a daughter. Summer, on
Aug. 24. Summer joins brother Max, 2. The
family is happily back in the Atlanta area, where
Kady works as a consultant 111 the retail/ 'con-
sumer-goods industry, and Peter is an artist
and full-time dad. Friends can reach them at
1 47 s Ridge Point 1 )r.. Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043;
(770) 237-9882; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jones-Toms, announce the birth of their first
child, Michael Carson Toms, on June 26. He
was born six days after the couple's tenth
wedding anniversary. Steve completed a neu-
rosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic in
June. He and his expanding family moved to
Houston last summer, where Steve is complet-
ing a one-year fellowship at M.D.Anderson
Cancer Hospital. The family can be reached at
2806 Russett PI. W, Pearland.Tex. 77584.
David Bernstein was named senior pro-
ducer of E! Entertainment Television's Talk
Soup. He received a 1994-95 Daytime Emmy
for his work on the show. David can be reached
at 10983 Wellworth Ave., #311, Los Angeles,
Calif. 90024; email@example.com.
The newly elected class officers are Lisa Baker.
co-president. 84 Garfield PL, #3, Brooklyn,
N.Y. 11215, (718) 499-6107: Trinita Brown.
co-president. 2916 Stephensen PL, NW, Wash-
ington, DC. 20015, (202) 244-0646; Pam
Gerrol, secretary; Matt Sirovich, treasurer;
Diana Reeves Tejada, program chair; and
Bruce Gardner and Jill Schlesinger, fund-
Eric Dobson became deputy director of
the Alexandria (Va.) Economic Development
Partnership in November. He can be reached
Julie Andrews Friend and Scott Friend
announce the birth of their son, Tynan Harris,
on June 10. Julie and Scott went to the wed-
ding of Thurston Towle at Thurston's family
farm in Freedom, N.H. Scott and Josh Levy
were members of the wedding party. Julie and
Scott can be reached at 171 Reservoir Rd.,
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02167.
Amy Costa Migdal (see Tom Kong
Kirsten J. Robinson writes: "In 1996 my
husband, John, and I mixed two cells together
and created an entirely new human being.
Robin Elizabeth Schectman was born on
Christmas Eve, 1996. Stephanie Grace was
one of her first visitors, and Evan Fox 'Ss
was first to bestow her with Brown clothing.
Robin looks forward to joining Aaron Tozer-
Rich and Alex Potter in the class of '2014.
Her e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org."
Robert Shea and Lisa BraflT Shea '86
announce the birth of Caleb Daniel on Aug.
23. He joins big brother Noah, 2. They live in
Barrington. R.I., and can be reached at
Jay Zaslow '93 MD. (see Samantha
Steve Toms '89 M.I ). and his wife, Helen
Save the dates for our 10th reunion. May 22-2;
Come back and share the weekend with old
friends and new. Contact reunion headquar-
ters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not re< eive
the fall mailing.
Michel Bayard (see David Given '75).
Kirsten Bloomberg Feldman and
Mark Allen Feldman announce the birth of
Charlotte Jane Feldman, on July 27. Charlotte
joins big brother Ethan. 2. "We've become the
nuclear family, and we love it." writes Kirsten.
The family can be reached at 139 Norwood
Ave., Newton, Mass. 02160.
Jane Levine married David Snyder (Yale
"88) on May 25. Jane is the daughter of Gail
Caslowitz Levine '63 and Bill Levine '64
and the sister of Dan '91. There was a large
Brown contingent in attendance at the wed-
ding. The couple lives in Cleveland, where
David teaches law at Cleveland-Marshall Col-
lege of Law and Jane is director at a local
gallery. They can be reached at 2355 S. Over-
look Rd., Cleveland Heights. Ohio 44106.
William V. Fogg and his wife.Anna-Karin,
announce the birth of Charles Sanford on Nov.
25. 1996. Will can be reached at 135 E. 94th St.,
New York City 10128; email@example.com.
Dave Morris has moved back to New
York City to do strategy consulting work for
Silicon Valley Internet Partners. He plans to
move to San Francisco with the company in
about a year. He would love to hear from friends
at 124 W 60 St., #26N, New York City; (212)
Jennie Niles, a master's student at Yale's
School of Management, was one of three stu-
dents to intern in Connecticut's Department
of Education and Office of Policy and Man-
agement this summer. She worked for the
state's commissioner of education in the char-
ter-school program office. Prior to attending
graduate school, Jennie directed service-learn-
ing programs, developed student- leadership
curricula, and taught science at Phillips Acad-
emy in Andover, Mass., and the Harvard-
Westlake School in Los Angeles.
Everett Petronio and Ann Nealon
Petronio '89 announce the arrival of their
second child, Christopher Everett, on April 2S
To make room for their expanding family,
they have moved to 32 Longview Dr.. Cranston,
R.I. 02920. Everett is practicing law. concen-
trating primarily in the commercial area, while
Ann is a promotions specialist at the Providence
/('i/r/iii/.They are wondering what became o\
K.O.H. '89, and they would love to hear from
her or any other friends at their new address,
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph G. Petrosinelli and his wife, Kara
(Virginia '89), announce the birth of their first
child, Michael Joseph, on June 19. Joe is an
attorney at Williams & Connolly, a litigation
firm in Washington, DC. He and his family
can be reached at 717 Putnam PL, Alexandria.
Nancy Bach Roberts married Bruce
Roberts (Harvard '86; Harvard Law '89) on
fune 8. Brown alums in attendance included
the bride's father. Gil Bach '52; her sister.
Amy Bach '90, who was maid of honor; and
bridesmaids Sara Benenson Goldberg '88,
Jaquie Wasser Trachtenberg '88, and
Cristina Fortenbaugh Hemany '87. Nancy
writes: "We had a blast at our wedding and a
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great time traveling to the Seychelles Islands
on our honeymoon. I'm enjoying being set-
tled in our apartment and working in the cul-
tural-affairs department at Chase Manhattan
Bank. I'm also finding time to do lots of
singing. I'd love to hear from anyone at
Gordon Sayre married Marsha Ginsberg
(Cornell '88) on June 22 at Black Butte
Ranch, Oreg. Mary Burke and Lowell
Bowditch '89 A.M., '92 Ph.D. attended. The
couple lives in Eugene, Oreg., where Gordon
teaches English at the University ot Oregon
and Marsha teaches upper-school English at
the Oak Hill School. Gordon can be reached
Emil Shieh is an ophthalmologist prac-
ticing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He got
married in July and honeymooned in Greece
and Turkey. His wife. Victoria, is pursuing a
degree in human-resource management. The
couple resides in Marin County and can be
reached at 1490 S. Novato Blvd., #13, Novato,
Calif. 94947; email@example.com.
Gregory W. Sullivan. Alexandria, Va., has
returned to Washington, D.C., for a domestic
assignment with the Department of State.
Gregg spent two years in Egypt and two years
in South Africa. A miserable letter writer,
Gregg would love to hear from any ot the
Point Crew and the Glasgow Gang who are
still talking to him. He can be reached at (703)
Claudia Nenno Trombly '92 M.D. mar-
ried Michael Trombly on May 3 in Wellesley,
Mass. Bridesmaids included Claudia's sister,
Nancy Nenno '87 Ph.D. and Debbie Benoit
Harris '90 M.D. Claudia finished her residency
m family medicine at Memorial Hospital of
Rhode Island in 199s. She now works for a
nonprofit organization called HOPE worldwide
New England, serving as medical director for
a mobile medical clinic for abused children,
homeless women and children, and incarcer-
ated adolescent girls. She can be reached at
378 Broadway. #2, Maiden, Mass. 02148.
Kirk E.Watson married Sharon S. Lee
(Michigan '89, M.D. '92) in Grosse Pointe Park.
Michigan, on May iS, 1996. They live in Santa
Monica, Calif. Kirk is an attorney and practices
civil litigation, and Sharon is a staff physician
with the UCLA Neuropsychiatry Institute. Kirk
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Alfano and Christian Smith have
welcomed a potential Brown alum into their
house and hearts. Miranda Rose Alfano-Smith
was born on Aug. 15. Although she doesn't
have her dad's red hair, she does have his
smile. Crissy is an assistant professor at the
University of Colorado at Denver, and Snntty
is a rocket scientist. They can be reached at
4610 Greenbriar Ct., Boulder, Colo. 80303;
Bruce Chorpita and Catherine Sustana
'90 finished graduate school (finally!), earning
Ph.D.s from the state university at Albany in
August. They have moved to Honolulu, where
Bruce is an assistant professor of clinical psy-
chology and director of the Child Stress and
Anxiety Clinic at the University of Hawaii.
Catherine is an assistant professor of English
at Hawaii Pacific University. They are amazed
at their new surroundings and are still trying
to figure out how they got so lucky.They can
be reached at email@example.com.
Marc Edelstein and his coauthor, Julian
Cohen, have been published on the Internet.
The URL for "The E-C Tether: A Proposal
for Rapid Interstellar Communication" on
the Penn State Science Consortium home-
page is http://www.personal.psu.edu/dept/
scifi/science/index.html. Marc can be reached
Marci Hecker Fox and David Fox
announce the birth of their daughter. Laurel
Elizabeth, on July 16. The Fox family lives in
Chicago, where Marci is a survey director at
the National Opinion Research Corporation
(NORC) and David is a fellow in vascular
surgery at Loyola University. They can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE NEW!
Closing the Gap: In a column in Integrated
System Design's September issue, Silicon
Valley-based computer whiz Henry Chang
'89 recalled building his first electronic sys-
tem - a hard-disk controller - in a Brown
course, Engineering 164, Design of Computing
Systems. Chang's article focused on the
elimination of gaps "between design ability
and design potential" in the virtual chip.
Michael Goldstein practices environ-
mental law with the firm of GunsterYoakley
in south Florida. He serves as chair of the
Dade County Brownfields Task Force, a group
of stakeholders developing incentives to pro-
mote environmental restoration and economic
development in the urban core. He has also
recently completed terms on the city of Miami's
zoning board and historic and environmental
preservation board and was elected to the
Coconut Grove village council. He welcomes
old friends at the Floridian, 650 West Ave.,
#2406, Miami Beach 33139; (305) 962-7669;
Mark J. Guasp received an M.B.A. from
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
He now works for McNeil Consumer Prod-
u< ts ( ',0. in the Philadelphia area as an assistant
product director."! have kept in touch with
Darryl Heggans and Darlene R. Currie
'87," Mark writes. He can be reached at 30
Ramsgate Court, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422;
Genevieve Kelly was appointed assistant
general counsel-Europe for ITT Sheraton
Corp. She can be reached at Ave. de la
Raquette, 7; 1150 Brussels, Belgium; genkelly@
Alex May married Christopher Drew
(Dartmouth '89) in Newport, R.I., in June
1996. Many Brown alumni from the classes of
'88 and '89 attended the ceremony. Alex
writes: "I have been living in New York and
working as a management consultant for the
last few years. My husband and I will be mov-
ing to Dallas by the end of the year." Alex can
be reached at email@example.com.
Matthew S. Merrick married Susan
Gawlick (from Buffalo. N.Y.) on November
22 in Chicago. "Susan and I met two years
ago while I was getting my M.B.A. from
Harvard Business School. We hope to be in
Chicago for a long time. Susan recently began
teaching at Lake Forest High School north
of the city." Matthew can be reached at 1538
West George St., #1, Chicago 60657;
David Nassau bought a house in San
Ramon, Calif, with his wife, Millie, and
their 2-year-old son, Jacob. David is working
as a senior programmer/writer for MDL
Information Systems 111 San Leandro, Calif,
and would like to hear from old friends at
Stina Wedlock (see Eldon D. Wedlock
Jon Birger and Laura Grossfield Birger
both changed jobs. Jon is covering Wall Street
as a reporter for Crain's New York Business.
while Laura has left private practice and is an
assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Jon would
love to hear from classmates working as invest-
ment bankers or money managers. He can be
Jennifer Lumelleau Caraballo and Vic-
tor Caraballo '88, '91 M.D. announce the
arrival of Benjamin Victor on July 2. They
are living in Philadelphia, where Victor is an
emergency-medicine physician at the Univer-
sity ot Pennsylvania and Jennifer is an attor-
ney for the city. They would love to hear from
anyone in the area.
Jon Davis married Kim Chabot (Har-
vard '90,Virgima M.A. '95) on May 31 in
Andrews Hall. The wedding party included
Dan Davis '87, Marie Edesess, Bill Kelly,
and Mike Walton '91. Lisa Fagin Davis '87
sang during the ceremony, Dave Bruno was
a reader, and Zoe Davis (Dan and Lisa's daugh-
ter) was the flower girl. Jon is a lawyer at
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington,
DC, and can be reached at 3723 W St., NW,
Washington, D.C. 20007; (-02) 965-6903;
Randy Faigin and Ken David, Atlanta,
announce the birth of their son. Adam Leo
David on July 31. The excited family includes
grandmother Barbara Chernell Faigin '63
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE ♦ 7]
and uncle Andrew David '92.
Samantha Garbus was elected vice
president, property management, atW.P. Carey
&" Co. Her responsibilities include lease com-
pliance, the restructuring of lease agreements,
and the refinancing of mortgage loans.
Samantha, who received an M.B.A from New
York University's Stern School of Business,
joined the firm in 1992 as an associate.
Elise (Bisi) Burden Hoblitzelle. Water-
town, Mass., writes: "How quickly life changes!
On July 4th I gave birth to a healthy baby
boy, Oliver Andrew Hoblitzelle. He surprised
my husband and me by arriving ten days
early. Motherhood is wonderful and challeng-
ing. I would love to hear from other folks in
the Boston area at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Fireworks: Lisa Loeb '90 told Billboard
Magazine in October that the songs on her
new album, Firecracker (Geffen Records),
focus on relationships "both fictional and
real, some poetic, some straightforward."
The album's first single, "I Do," is steadily
climbing Billboard's Hot Singles chart.
Torri Connell Horovitz writes: "Alex,
Daniel, and I have returned to New England
from northern California. We are living about
thirty miles outside of Boston.'The family can
be reached at 407 Great Rd., #10, Acton. Mass.
01720; (97S) 264-3176; email@example.com.
Ann Lightcap married Paul Bruno on
June 15 in Latrobe, Pa. David Bruno, the
groom's brother, served as best man. Ann is a
college counselor and English teacher at Lake
Forest Academy, and Paul is working toward
his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College.
They can be reached at 1500 W. Kennedy Rd.,
Lake Forest, 111. 6004s; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregson Pigott '94 M.D. and Magali
Parisien Pigott '89 (Boston University '95
M.D), who were married in June 1994, an-
nounce the birth of Jasmine Michele on Aug.
31. Greg completed his residency in internal
medicine and is an attending physician atYou-
ville Hospital in Cambridge. Mass. Magali is
in the third year ot her internal-medicine res-
idency at Cambridge Hospital. They may be
reached at 66 California St..Watertown, Mass.
02172; Greg at ghpigott@ pol.net; Magali at
Kim Wright writes: "After a seven-year
stmt 111 the San Francisco Bay Area as .1 social
worker. I've attempted a triumphant return to
the Big Apple. I'm eagerly awaiting news from
friends in the classes of'87 10 '93. As I'm sub-
letting from classmate Jaykumar Menon. it
feels like old times." Kim can be reached at [89
1 llaremont Ave., #52, New York City 10027;
■ 1 ■ 1 749-8870.
Allison Baird married Stewart Lewack on
Oct. 4 m Little Compton, R.I. Allison works
in the fixed-income research division of Reuters
as a manager for the emerging markets group,
while Stewart is an account executive for Jaf-
tom & Collins Inc., an investor relations tirm
based in New York City.
Ken Bartholomew and Sandy Steen
Bartholomew (RISD '92) announce the birth
of a son, Alexander, on Sept. 5. They live in
Warner, N.H., where Sandy is an artist and
owns a rubber stamp company. Ken is an attor-
ney with Rath Young & Pignatelli in Con-
cord. N.H. Ken can be reached at 57 Kearsarge
Mountain Rd., #2, Warner 03278; kcb@rath
Colin Credle worked at Project HOPE
for three years, delivering medicine and
humanitarian aid to war zones and ecological
disaster areas in the former Soviet Union.
Afterward, he helped start an international
steel-trading firm m Moscow. After working
for the same firm in Kiev, Ukraine, he went
to Nagano, Japan, home of the 1998 winter
Olympics, where he worked for Spoils Illustrated.
Homesick, he returned to New England to
find a job. He can be reached at 7 Rockland
St., Nashua, N.H. 03060.
Jane (Jenny) Driver graduated from the
University of Pittsburgh Medical School with
honors in May. She was awarded a scholarship
for her research and work in promoting prob-
lem-based learning in the medical school cur-
riculum. In addition, the student body voted
her the recipient of the Jamie Sheehan/Laird
Cheke Memorial Prize as the medical student
best exemplifying a physician who recognizes
the patient as human. Jane also initiated and
organized a ceremony in which twenty of
the graduates chose to take the revised Hip-
pocratic Oath, which affirms the dignity of
life and a physician's decision to refrain from
performing an abortion. Jane is currently a
resident in medicine at Beth Israel/Deaconess
Hospital in Boston.
Kelley Katzner Ellman and [effrey Ell-
man (Harvard Law '91) were married on Aug. 3
in Sylvania, Ohio. The wedding party included
Jody Katzner '86, Adam Spector '90,
and Christine Shin Yin. The Ellmans reside
in Columbus, Ohio, and can be reached at
Jared Poppel has been working at World
Research Group in New York since June. He
is producing senior-level business conferences
on such diverse topics as push technology,
mining 111 Latin America, and the development
of corporate virtual communities. He is hard
at work, along with Ted Martin '60, Jon
Huyck 9i.Thano Chaltas '87, Dwight Carl-
son '90. Liam Murphy '85 and Skip Dan-
forth '52, at putting together the soth anni-
versary reunion for the Jabberwocks in 1999.
I led love to hear from friends and J.ibberwock
alums alike at 38 Range Dr.. Merrick. N.Y.
i [566; (516) S67-3S4S; jaredpoppel@worldnet.
Claudia Radel writes: "I have returned
to the United States after working tor several
years in Colombia and have started a doctoral
program in geography at Clark University.
Michael Torrens '90 will be joining me in
Worcester in January, and we look forward to
hearing from old friends, especially those in
the New England area." Claudia can be
reached at the Graduate School ot Geography,
Clark University. 950 Main St. .Worcester,
Mass. 01610; email@example.com.
Samantha Rai married Jay Zaslow '87,
'93 M.D. in October 1996. Jay, a family physi-
cian, is on the clinical faculty in the Depart-
ment of Family and Community Medicine at
UC San Francisco. Samantha graduated from
medical school in May and is a resident in
family practice. They can be reached at 2 181
Blucher Valley Rd., Sebastopol, Calif. 95472;
(707) 829-7889; firstname.lastname@example.org. (The
phone number published in the September/
October BAM was incorrect.)
Julie Ann Randall moved to Reggio
Emilia, Italy, in July 1996 to take a position at
Nike Italy, where she is a sales analyst. She ran
her first marathon 111 Florence, Italy, in Decem-
ber 1996 and competed in the Gran Fondo (a
130-km bicycle race) of Reggio Emilia in
June 1997. "I have just returned from a fabu-
lous vacation in the States, where I attended
the wedding of Lisa Langhaug '89 and
Robin Wigmore," Julie writes. "The best woman
was Lisa's sister, Kathy Langhaug Letellier,
and best man was Larry Letellier '89. Lisa
and Robin live in Harare, Zimbawe, where
they can be reached at email@example.com."
Julie can be reached at Via Bisi 1/3,42100
Reggio Emilia (RE), Italy; 011/39/522/920539;
Raj R. Singh writes: "In June. Richard
Halstead married Luhe Howard at St. Barn-
abas Church in London. The couple jetted off
to the Caribbean and Disney World for their
honeymoon. On July 12. Briel Schwartz
married John Sehmitz (Boston University '91)
at Valley Church on San Juan Island, Washing-
ton. The bridal party included Jennifer Fries
Singh, Jaimie Shapiro '92, Sarah Francis
Holmes, and Allison Karmel Thomason.
Briel teaches at the University Child Devel-
opment School in Seattle, while John is a
teacher and an artist. The couple honey-
mooned on the Iberian Peninsula." Raj and
his wife, Jennifer Fries Singh, are still 111
Cambridge, Mass., where Raj is working on a
Ph.D. in urban studies and planning at MIT
and Jen is the director of a battered women's
shelter and rape crisis program. They can be
reached at (617) 354-0281; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Paul Souza is h\ing in Boston and work-
ing as an assistant vice president at Interna-
tional Special Risks, an insurance brokerage
firm specializing in maritime interests. He can
be reached at pjsoceanWaol.com.
Naomi Suzuki married Gregory Azrak
(Virginia '91), the son of Raymond Azrak
'64, on July 19 at Keystone Resort 111 Colorado.
The couple met at J. P. Morgan 111 New York
72 • JANUAR 1 II It III Alll 1998
ABBY ROSIN '94
Role Models with
A Master of Social Work
Ten months after she graduated, Abby Rosin
still did not have a job. "I wanted a job where
I could work with at-risk adolescents," she
says, "but I didn't have a master's degree in
social work." Rather than continue to wait for
opportunity to knock, Rosin created an oppor-
tunity for herself and for dozens of inner-city
Her involvement in dance and theater
had taught Rosin that the arts could be "a
source of joy and community." And while
working in a prison, she witnessed firsthand
the enthusiastic response of female inmates
to role models who "valued and treated them
like human beings." Drawing from these
experiences, Rosin created Groove with Me, a
Manhattan-based nonprofit organization that
provides free dance classes to underprivi-
In operation for a year now, Groove with
Me currently provides forty girls (and an
occasional boy) aged seven to fourteen with
classes in tap, modern, hip-hop, funk, Brazil-
ian, folk, and African dance. The program
essentially runs at no cost; seven volunteer
teachers conduct the classes in space donated
by community centers. Starting up a non-
profit is no picnic; Rosin is still struggling to
pay for liability insurance and administrative
The human benefits, however, are tangi-
ble. "In three months," Rosin says, "I have
seen marked improvement. [The students]
are more disciplined, affectionate, and confi-
dent. Dance helps quiet kids overcome their
Rosin and her fellow teachers also take
the kids on field trips to the Broadway Dance
Center, where they watch professionals audi-
New York City
joy of dance,
thanks to Abby
and her fellow
tion for parts. "I love hearing the girls dream-
ing out loud. They talk about wanting to be
in music videos or on Broadway," Rosin says.
"They are inspired to do their own choreog-
raphy for their shows."
In spite of the struggle to find funding,
Rosin intends to continue the program and
eventually to acquire permanent space for it.
"I see how the girls worship the ground their
teachers walk on," Rosin explains, "and how
they miss them when they're away. These
kids don't have a lot of adults whom they
adore. So for an hour and a half a day we try
to provide total, unconditional love. You
don't have to have a master's in social work
to be a role model." - Torri Still
City, where they both have been working tor
more than six years, Naomi in fixed-income
sales and Greg m futures sales. Many Brown
friends were m attendance, including maid ot
honor Masami Suzuki '91 and bridesmaid
Lisa Colasanti Bhimani '91. Naomi can be
reached at 157 E. 57th St., #is;B, New York
City 10022: email@example.com.
Brian Walch and his wife, Myrna.
announce the birth of their first child, Ana-
Gabriela,bom |uly 15. Brian can be reached
at 2743 Gallows Rd., #202, Vienna. Va. 22180.
The newly elected class officers are: Stephanie
Truesdell, president. 41 Ge11tcnn1.il Dr.. #11,
Norwood. Mass. 02062, (781) 2.55-0789, (617)
495-9126, acsslt(S ziplink.net; Troy Centazzo.
co-president, 103 Northfield Circle, Char-
lottesville, Va. 22901 . (S04) 975-091 1 ; Mary
Elizabeth Grace, secretary; Dan O'Connell,
treasurer; Rebecca Thayer Bliss, annual giv-
ing chair; Deborah List. Cindy Cramer,
Dolly Hernandez, and Paisley Denipy,
events coordinators; and Ken Padilla and
Marc Harrison, BAA program chairs/liaisons.
Eliot Fisk works in London for the
international law firm Lovell White
Durrant. He can be reached at eliot.fisk(a;
Catherine Harbour enjoyed seeing
'y2ers at the reunion in May, but lost all the
napkins with e-mail addresses and phone
numbers. Please send them to 1104 N.
Greensboro St.. #9, Carrboro, N.C. 27510;
Junwoo Lee completed his M.B.A. at
Wharton and returned to Seoul to work at
Boston Consulting Groups Seoul office.
Royal Park is Mt intern/resident at the New
York University-affiliated hospital. Jaeson
Kim is .1 senior staff member at Oracle Corp.
in San Francisco. Jason Jaebum Kim '91
returned to Korea to work in the Asian Equi-
ties Division of SBC Warburg after working
briefly in Hong Kong. Chul-Joo Lee '95 is
now in the investment-banking division of
Morgan Stanley's Seoul office. Jim Yang '91
has joined the investment-banking division of
Merrill Lynch's Seoul office. After working at
the NHK News Network in Tokyo, Jaiun
Lamont '91 returned to Seoul to be an
anchorwoman at the Arirang Channel Net-
work. Sangyeup Lee is an associate at
Latham & Watkms m New York. Sukjin Lim,
after working at a law firm in Manhattan,
returned to Seoul to work at Shin & Kim, .1
Korean law firm. Sukjin can be reached at
steveHm@unitel.co.kr. (Sukjin Lim sent 111 this
Katie Lott married Paul Schnorr at her
grandparents' home in Ephr.iim.Wis., on Aug.
9. Brown friends in attendance included brides-
maid Rachel SolotarofT. Katie is completing
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an M.A.T. in elementary education, and she
and Paul are renovating a ioo-year-old Victo-
rian house in Chicago. They can be reached at
3269 W.Wrightwood Ave., Chicago 60647.
Lisa P,esnek married Chris Wyett (Har-
vard '89) on May 25. Lisa is a merchandise
coordinator for Hermes, and Chris is a corpo-
rate lawyer at Cravath Swine & Moore. They
live in Manhattan with their dogs, Maxine
Carlos Solis Jr. is living and working in
Japan as an English teacher on the JET (Japa-
nese Exchange and Teaching) Program. Carlos
writes: "I'd have to say this is the ultimate
minority experience for a variety of reasons,
not least of which is being in a foreign coun-
try where it sometimes feels like you're on
another planet." Carlos can be reached at River-
side Mansion 206, 689 Kimura, Kakogawa-
Cho-Shi, Hyogo-Ken, 675 Japan; roguenin@
Jocelyn Wagner married Jeff Thomas
(UCLA '89, UCSF '97 M.D.) at San Francis-
co's Grace Cathedral on June 14. Priya
Ghumman was maid of honor, and Ashley
Romaine '91 was a bridesmaid. Jocelyn and
Jeff live in San Francisco, where Jeff is a med-
ical resident at the UCSF Mount Zion hos-
pital, and Jocelyn teaches second grade. They
would enjoy hearing from Brown alums at
Save the dates for our 5th reunion, May
22-25. Come back and share the weekend
with old friends and new. Contact reunion
headquarters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not
receive the tall mailing.
Michael Adams is finishing his final year
of study at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical
School. He is planning to do a residency in
orthopedic surgery. Michael can be reached at
45 EderTerr., South Orange, N.J. 07079;
Nicole Barber is teaching at Providence
Country Day School and coaching women's
soccer at Rhode Island College. She would
love to hear from former soccer, hockey, or
Andrew Borodach graduated from Har-
vard Law School in June and moved to New
York City to work as an associate in the cor-
porate department of Debevoise & Plimpton.
Andrew can be reached at 4 E. 70th St., #7C
New York City 10026.
Gary Breslow completed a year's leave of
absence from NYU medical school, which he
spent researching developmental and cancer
biology. 1 le is finishing his last year at NYU and
is applying for residency programs. Gary <:.m
be reached at S64 1st Ave., tf 12-U, New York
( n\ too 16; breslgoi (Sjpopmail.med.nyu.edu.
Marcy Griem Calaway is taking .1 break
from her career in management consulting to
spend two yens at the University of < Chicago
getting her M.li.A. Marcy and her husband.
Jim in , in enjoying ( !hi< ago ami are active
with golf, bridge, and curling. This year Marcy
entered the Olympic trials in curling. The
couple would love to hear from friends at 420
East Ohio, #isA, Chicago 6061 1.
Derek Chauvette (see David Given
Rachel Collin got a master's in zoology
from the University ofWashington in 1996
and is working toward a Ph.D. in evolutionary
biology at the University of Chicago. "I'll be
spending the winter doing fieldwork in Baja,"
Rachel reports. "Previous fieldwork has taken
me to California, Florida, and Jamaica." Rachel
can be reached at 5338 S. Harper, #iN, Chicago
Erbin Crowell works for Equal Exchange,
a fair-trade organization and worker-owned
cooperative that supplies coffee to cafes and
markets, including Brown's Blue Room.
Hot Suds: People magazine named Rhonda
Ross '93 one of TV's 40 Most Fascinating
People. Ross, the daughter of singer Diana
Ross, landed the role of police officer Toni
Burrell on Another World last March, and
by the summer she "was the focus of the
soap's hottest story line."
Michael Glascott is living with Scott
Camp and can be reached at 2244 W. Palmer,
Steve Huston writes: "This past summer
was an eventful one. I graduated from Prince-
ton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). then I got
married in June to Heather Brown (Williams
'93). Finally, I started working at Abington
Memorial Hospital as a chaplain resident."
Steve plans to be at the hospital for a year,
while simultaneously completing the ordina-
tion process for the Presbyterian Church
(USA). Steve can be reached at 1157 OldYork
Rd., #33, Abington, Pa. 19001.
Elise Joffe and Alexandra Posen '95
attended Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris after
graduating from Brown. They have since
formed a mask-dance-theater company 111
New York called Atlas Mason. The group has
been creating and performing for the past
year in New York and Toronto. Their current
piece. Homunculus Project, is playing 111 New
York in November at Theater for a New City.
Elise can be reached at 380 E. 10th St., #3A,
New York City 10009; (212) 979-1239.
Phyllidia Ku 97 M.D. and Bill Ruth
'97 M.D. (Villanova '<SS) were to be married
in 1 )ecember.They are living in Portland,
Maine, where Phyllidia is in the first year of
her internal-medicine residency and Bill is in
the first year of his emergency-medicine resi-
dency. They would love to hear from friends
at 276 Br.u kett St., #4, Portland 04102;
kuph\ 1(5 mail nunc.org.
Greg Rhodes married Pang Yang in
April 1994. Greg teaches high school math
and coaches boys' and girls' water polo. He
started an electronic journal for math teachers
called the M@th Projects Journal
(http://www.mathprojects.com). "I'll soon be
going back for master's in educational tech-
nology," Greg writes. Pang is going to Fuller
Theological Seminary for her master's 111
Christian counseling. Pang and Greg can be
reached at 1345 Cabrillo Park, #Q2, Santa
Ana, Calif. 92701; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rob Rosenthal writes: "After jaunts in
the insurance, feature-film, and aerospace
industries, I've come back to Boston for my
M.B.A. Give me a call if you're in the area."
Rob can be reached at P.O. Box 511, Babson
College, Babson Park, Mass. 02157; (617) 2 39 _
Kathy Silverton and John Lucas were
married on Aug. 9 in San Francisco. Many
Brown alums were able to join them, includ-
ing bridesmaid Susana Baptista. Kathy and
John are having a great time in San Francisco,
despite having to wake up at 4 a.m. every day
for the East Coast market hours. Friends can
reach them at 3425 Scott Street, #1, San Fran-
cisco 94123; email@example.com.
Susan Smith and Ryan Walsh were
married on Aug. 14 in Susan's hometown of
Waterford, Ireland. The wedding party included
classmates Kathy Sullivan. James Slavet,
and Chad Givens. Several other alumni
attended the ceremony, including Ryan's par-
ents, Terry and Pat Walker Walsh '65, and
his grandmother, Elisabeth Connie Dowd
'31. Ryan is in his second year of law school
at the University of Georgia. Susan finished
seventh in the 400-meter hurdles final at the
World Championships in Athens. Greece, on
Aug. 8. She is currently ranked second 111
Europe and ninth in the world. The couple
lives in Athens. Ga. (Their classmate Eileen
sent in this note.)
Lauren Strachan writes: "Once again I am
living behind the Zion Curtain, employed as a
workshop coordinator for the Natural History
of Genes (http://raven.un111h.11tah.edu), a sci-
ence education project housed in the Utah
Museum of Natural History. My job involves
organizing, producing, and teaching profes-
sional-development workshops for teachers
on problem-based learning techniques for
genetic science. After four years on the East
Coast and three on the West Coast (for grad
school), I am glad to be back 111 the land of
rose-colored glasses. Please send e-mail or
check out our Web site; I'd love to hear from
anyone at strachan(§ raven.umnh.utah.edu."
Daryl Twitchell graduated from the Yale
School of Management in May and is work-
ing as .1 senior manager at American Express's
strategic-planning and business-development
group. Daryl can be reached at 171 E. 89th St..
#4A, New York City 10028; daryl.twitchell@
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i 9 94
Brian Bernhardt writes: "I finally graduated
from Michigan law school in May and, after
studying for the bar, went to Israel and Egypt
for a month, returning m time to go to Miami
over Labor Day for Ari Glazer's wedding.
Three days in Miami with Kevin Reed. Guy
Foulks. Landy Cook, Alan Shusterman,
Matt Carvalho. and James Kim '95 was a
good way to start the rest of my life. I'm now
working for a law firm in Atlanta, flying to
Detroit once a month to visit my girlfriend
(and go to Michigan football games), and
generally having a good time." Brian can be
reached at 3655 Habersham Rd. N., #243,
Atlanta 30305; (404) 816-0844; bcbernhardt@
Jordan Copeland and Lisa Wolfson
were married Aug. 3 in Tarrytown, N.Y.
Andy Abramowitz '92 and Leslie Stern '93
were members ot the wedding party, and many
alumni attended the ceremony. The couple
honeymooned in Norway, Denmark, and
Sweden. Jordan is attending NYU Law School,
and Lisa is a third-grade teacher at P.S. 15S in
Manhattan. They can be reached at jordanc@
way.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geoffrey Donoho married Linda Tuch
'93 on Aug. 3 in Wilmington, Del. The groom's
brother, Christopher Donoho III '91, was
best man. The bride's father is Arthur F.
Tuch '61, and the parents of the groom are
Christopher '65 and Joan Hayes Donoho
"65. Barbara E.Angus '93 and Judy R.
Marblestone '93 served as bridesmaids, and
Darrin M. Bradley. Douglas K. Stewart.
and Atul M. Vaidya were groomsmen. Many
alumni attended the ceremony. The evening
ended with a medley ot Brown songs sung by
a large group, mostly on-key. Geoff and Linda
can be reached at 230 Bala Ave., Bala-Cynwyd,
Pa. 19004. (Geoff's father, Christopher '65,
sent in this note.)
Daniel Goldblatt and Tracy Gillings
'96 were married June 30, 1996. and Tracy
gave birth to a daughter, Johanna Rebecca,
July 1, 1997. Dan is working as a director of
personnel and administration atTrucolor Inc.,
and Tracy is working on her master's in edu-
cation. They can be reached at 5N Brookside
Dr. E., Harnman, N.Y. 10926.
Jeannine M. Lewis married Leon F.
Wyszkowski on July 12. The couple got en-
gaged on the steps of Manning Chapel. Melissa
Blanco-Borelli served as bridesmaid and Jae
Shin as best man. Jeannine and Leon can be
reached at 29 Black Point Rd.. Niantic, Conn.
Nicholas Miliaras has started a Ph.D. pro-
gram in biology at Johns Hopkins and can be
reached at 15 West 29th St., #2A. Baltimore 21218;
(410) 366-9621; email@example.com.
Rebekah McKinney writes: "I recently
moved within Boston, where I have lived for
three years. After graduation I worked for a
vear as director of a small start-up community
organization in Roxbury and as a part-time
line cook in a tine restaurant. For just under
two years now, I have been assistant director
of development at Greater Boston Legal Ser-
vices. I see Erin McCloskey (back from
Costa Rica and Spam), Mike Nathanson,
Garth Shaneyfelt, and Jamie Biggar '93,
and I would like to hear from other friends at
my new address: 473 Mass. Ave., #5, Boston
02 1 1 8; firstname.lastname@example.org."
Jessica Stevens and Stephen Pollard
were married on June 15 at the Grounds for
Sculpture in Princeton. N.J. "The wedding
occurred in a beautiful outdoor garden com-
plete with blooming rose bushes and clear, sunny
skies," Stephen writes. The wedding party
included Julie Saffer '94, Spencer Freedman
'94, and Christian Mangin. Karen Grace '94,
Emily Whitcomb '94, Matt Steele '94, and
Rob Sambursky '94 served as ushers. Stephen
and Jessica can be reached at 135 Charles St.,
#2F, Boston 02114; email@example.com.
Christine Reins received a master's
degree in architecture in December from the
University of Michigan. She can be reached at
816 Hill St., #2, Ann Arbor, Mich. 4S104;
Robyn Remeika married Abdehllah
"Tipo" Lechheb of Rabat, Morocco, on Dec.
7, 1996, in a small, private ceremony in Wuts-
tield.Vt.They met in August 1994 in Morocco,
where they worked at the Rabat American
School. They are now living in Washington,
DC, where Robyn is doing a practicum at
AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational
and Training Services Inc.). She is working
toward her master's in international and inter-
cultural management from the School of
International Training. Robyn and Tipo even-
tually plan to move back to Morocco, but in
the meantime they would love to hear from
friends at 1630 R St., NW, Washington, DC.
Wade B. Santon, a second lieutenant 111
the U.S. Marines, reported for duty with the
1st Radio Battalion. 1st Marine Expeditionary
Force, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe
Bay, Hawaii. Wade joined the Marine Corps
in June 1994.
Alexander Scribner works for Monarch
Financial Corporation of America as a senior
investment executive. "I have been living in
New York City since graduating, and I love
it," he writes. Alexander has been in touch
with fellow New Yorkers Jeanne Chuang
'96, Sigrid Hahn. Amy Flynn. Ted Saha.
Daniel Cruise, Caroline Cruise '97, Allison
Engel '96, Hamed Moghadan, and Christ-
ian Michael Soussan '95. Alexander would
be happy to hear from any Brown grads in the
Manhattan area, "especially if you're into the
NYC music scene." He can be reached at
work: (800) 635 7122; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gail Shina and Michael Browne were
married on June 22. Gail is working as a soft-
ware engineer, and Mike is practicing and
teaching wooden boat-buildmg.They are liv-
ing in Amesbury, Mass., where they've bought
a house and welcome visits from friends. They
can be reached at (978) 388-1263.
Britt H.Tonnessen writes:"! am more
than halfway through medical school at the
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Although I
have taken up community soccer and karaoke,
I still find time to row once in a while. Long-
lost friends can reach me at (507) 289-7123;
Jonathan Beck writes: "In June 1996. my
college roommate Matthew Szenher and his
sweetheart, Lucy Raimes, set me up on a
date with Rachel Escobar. On August 24, we
got married. Regards and a hearty thank-you
from Rachel and me to all who came to the
wedding. We can be reached at (718) 268-
395 2; email@example.com."
Emily Biss moved to California in March
to work for Lockheed Martin Missiles and
Space as a systems engineer in its commercial
satellite organization. Emily writes: "I recently
finished a stint in mission control as the oper-
ator for a GE telecommunications satellite
(which means, effectively, that I got to fly the
thing). When I'm not flying satellites, I'm fly-
ing planes and playing lots of Frisbee." Emily
spends time with Kathy Hannon '94 and her
new husband; Anna von Mertens; Emily
Borod; and Meg Wiley '96. She has also
been visited by Chad Cianfrani, Kate Mag-
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nuson. Alisa Algava '96, and Kent Ibsen,
jnd shares a house with Jonah Schachner.
Emily can be reached at P.O. Box 30, Moffett
Field, Calif. 94035, (650) 326-731S;
Stuart Finlayson died while hiking in
Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand, not
on Mt. Hood, as reported in an obituary in
the November/December BAM.
Tala Hadid writes: "I've been living in
London since January, working as an assistant
to a film director. We will be off to Paris in
November and then to Russia to shoot the
next film. Hard has been the path, but oh so
exciting! 1 leave my e-mail address, as I tend
to live like a gypsy."Tala can be reached at
ttala 1 @compuserve.com.
Michael Kaplan has joined RRE Investors
as an associate. He can be reached at 126 E.
56th St., New York City 10022; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Lanzerotti and Bianka Ramirez
'97 are two of forty-eight participants selected
for the Coro Fellows Program in public affairs,
an intensive nine-month graduate-level fel-
lowship. Laura and Bianka will complete the
Coro Fellows program in San Francisco.
Prentice M. McCullough, a U.S. Navy
ensign, completed the officer indoctrination
course at the Naval Education and Training
Center in Newport, R.I.
James J. Na wrote to correct some infor-
mation that appeared 111 the September/Octo-
ber BAM. In James's wedding to Kimberly
P. Brown '96, his best man was J. David
Elliott '94, not Steven A. Moya '94. (Steven
was a groomsman.) Also, while Kevin Bau
was present at the wedding, he was not a
Jeffrey Vargas left the mayor's office in
Providence in May and moved back to New
York City to pursue a cyber-career in the
marketing department of Ovid Technologies
Inc., an information-technology company.
"I've seen a lot of alums in the city over the
last few months," Jeffrey writes, "including
Nelson Hernandez '94 and his wife, Shareen
Joseph-Hernandez '9j;Elee Muslin '93;
Kenneth Padilla \i2;Jose R. Polanco '92;
and former Perkins resident Sharmila Rao "
Jeffrey can be reached email@example.com.
Jason A. Wall is a graduate student in
economics at Pembroke College, Cambridge
University. Jason writes: "I look forward to
hearing from any Brunonians in England as
well as Brown friends that I have lost contact
with, including Dushana Yoganathan '93
and Amity Buck. Recently I was in Boston,
where I saw Nathan Walsh, who is working
on a Ph.D. in biochemistry at MIT. He is
doing well, as is Rahul Tongia, who is work-
ing on his Ph.D. at < .11 negie Mellon." Jason
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crystal L. Younger reports that after two
years of being employed bv U.S. Rep. Don, ikl
M. Payne as a special assistant, she is now a loan
■ iih I leet Mortgage Corp. She would
love to hear from alums at 2sV.m Velsor PI.,
U 1 1 ), Newark. N.J. 071 12; clyoungcW aol.com.
Anthony Alexander is a master's candidate
in chemical engineering at the University of
Iowa. He can be reached at alexande@icaen.
uiowa.edu; 1000 W. Benton St., #I03E, Iowa
City, Iowa 52246.
Elizabeth Hunt is entering her second
year as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador.
"Life is good down here working in rural
public health," Elizabeth writes. She can be
reached c/o Peace Corps, Casilla 13-01-227,
Portoviejo, Manabi, Ecuador.
Curtis Krause is working as a con-
sultant in Moscow. Curtis can be reached at
Kristen J. Lonergan writes: "I've begun
law school at NYU and am loving it - both
the city and the school. Ironically, there are
two other people in my law school section
who also lived in Perkins our freshman year."
Kristen can be reached at 110 W. 3rd St., #1201,
New York City 10012; email@example.com.
John C. Lund is the morning talent and
production director at WTGZ, The Tiger, 95.9
Auburn and 104.9 Montgomery. He can be
reached at 507 W. Glenn, #50, Auburn, Ala.
36830; (334) 502-8401; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costa Migadakis is serving the thir-
teenth of twenty-three months of service in
the Greek military as a reserve officer (cadet)
in the translation department at army head-
quarters in Athens. He will be returning to
New York this August. Costa can be reached
at 22D Kleitou St., Ilissia 1S771, Athens,
Deborah Phillips is engaged to Brian
Ruetter, a ranger with the National Park Ser-
vice. Deborah is in her first year at the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania's veterinary school and
can be reached at email@example.com.
1 man M. Tyson is working for Ford
Motor Co. as a product engineer in the
advanced vehicle technology division. "In
short, I'm having fun, enjoying life, and loving
the job," Iman writes. He'd like to stay in
touch with friends and can be reached at 4958
Heather Dr., #210, Dearborn, Mich. 48126;
Phebe Vandersip (see Hank Vandersip
David Wadler is working for Computer
Associates in Paris. He can be reached at 50
Ave. de Wagram, 4e etage, 75017 Paris, France;
(33-1) 42-27-27-64; firstname.lastname@example.org.
chapter. Jennifer would love to hear from old
friends. She can be reached at 839 Scaleybark
Rd„ #2H, Charlotte 28209.
Jennifer Cook works as a domestic-violence
counselor for the sheriff's department 111
Charlotte, NO She offers support and guid-
ance to victims and their children, educates
and advises police officers throughout the
county, and is developing awareness campaigns
at several universities. Since moving to North
Carolina, she has been interviewing prospec-
tive Brown students and has gotten involved
in Charlotte's Kappa Alpha I beta alumnae
Not Just Boy Toys: An Associated Press
story on women in computer science quoted
Valerie Green '97, a master's candidate in
computer science at Brown. Green warned:
"Computers can become boys' territory as
early as elementary school. If teachers
don't schedule times for individual study,
the boys tend to take over."
Holly Clara Eggert (see Arnold
Gina Fusaro is in her first year of a grad-
uate pathology program at Columbia. She
would love to hear from friends at 100 Haven
Ave., #i8E, New York City 10032; (212) 781-
Robert Meguid is living in Cairo,
Egypt, where he is studying Arabic. He plans
to return to Brown next year to begin a mas-
ter's in medical science, after which he will
start medical school at Brown. He can be
reached at email@example.com.
Tonya McMillion moved to Los Angeles
and would love to hear from friends at
Shintaro Okamoto married Sophia
SeapingTzeng (Harvard '95) on June 28 at St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in
Anchorage. Alaska. Sophia attends Columbia
Law School, and Shintaro is a visual artist.
Takehiro Hira served as best man in the
wedding. Shintaro and Sophia live in New
Bianka Ramirez (see Laura Lanzerotti
Sharon Su is working as a research asso-
ciate at Genetics Institute in Cambridge, Mass.
She'd love to have visitors and can be reached
at 15 Piggott Rd., #4, Medford, Mass. 02155;
Simon Ostrach '49 Sc.M., '50 Ph.D., a pro-
fessor at Case Western Reserve University, was
awarded a five-year, $17.8 million grant from
the NASA Lewis Research Center to create
the new National Center for Microgravity
Research of Fluids and Combustion. Simon
was named director of the new center, which
is the first national institution dedicated to
Eric Marder 'so A.M. has published The
Laws of Choke: Predicting Customer Behavior.
Steven C. Batterman '64 Ph.D. (see '61).
Daniel R. Schwarz '65 A.M., '68 Ph.D.
has published Reconfiguring Modernism: Explo-
76 • JAN I Alt', I I BR 1 A IM [998
rations in the Relationship Between Modern Art
and Modern Literature (St. Martin's). Daniel is a
professor of English at Cornell and can he
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David L. Griscom '66 Ph.D., Alexan-
dria, Va., a research physicist at the Naval
Research Laboratory's optical sciences divi-
sion, is the 1997 winner of the NRL Sigma
Xi's Pure Science Award.
Raul Rojas-Lamperein '67 Sc.M. is
working in Chile for Jaakko Poyry, an engineer-
ing firm. He is married, the father of four
sons, and the grandfather ot three boys. Raul
would like to get news from old classmates
and friends. He can be reached at Candelaria
Goyenechea 4i8i,Vitacura, Santiago, Chile.
Cynthia (Penny) Tabit Hahn '71 Ph.D.,
Berkley, Mass., was appointed associate acade-
mic dean at Bristol Community College in
Fall River, Mass. Cynthia had served as acting
assistant to the academic dean since January
Sally E Padden '71 M.A.T. was
appointed the first justice of the Essex division
of the Juvenile Court Department of Massa-
chusetts. Sally has been an associate justice
since 1995. Prior to her judicial appointment,
she served as an assistant district attorney in
the Essex County District Attorney's office
from 1982 to 1995. Sally lives in Manchester,
Mass., with her husband and three sons.
Vikram K. Kinra '72 Ph.D., a professor
of aerospace engineering at Texas A6VM Uni-
versity, received the Lockheed Martin Tactical
Aircraft Systems Excellence in Teaching Award.
Gerald Eggert '73 Ph.D. (see Arnold
James S. Corum '76 A.M. published
77k- Luftwaffe (University Press of Kansas), an
account of the evolution of German military
aviation theory, doctrine, war games, and
operations between the two world wars. James
is a professor of comparative military studies
at the School of Advanced Airpower Studies
at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
David Watters '79 Ph.D.. professor of
English at the University of New Hampshire,
was named to the James H. Hayes and Claire
Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities. David
has been at UNH for eighteen years and is a
noted scholar of New Hampshire culture and
history. He was named New Hampshire pro-
fessor of the year in 1990 by the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education.
Anna Bobiak Nagurney '80 Sc.M., '83
Ph.D. (see '76).
Alice Goldberg Lemos Si Ph.D. has
been made a vice chairman in the Republi-
can Party of Queens County, New York. She
also has purchased an apartment for herself
and her son, Jesse, who is attending kinder-
garten. "There is life when you are forced to
give up teaching! "Alice writes.
Elizabeth Reis '82 A.M. published
Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan
New England (Cornell University Press). The
book explores the intersection of Puritan
theology, Puritan evaluations of womanhood,
and the Salem witchcraft trials. Elizabeth
teaches history and women's studies at the
University of Oregon.
Geoffrey A. Landis '84 Sc.M., '88 Ph.D.
writes: "While other scientists on the Mars
Pathfinder project are interested in the rocks and
soil, I am focused on slightly smaller particles:
the Martian dust, and the effect of the dust on
the performance of solar arrays on Mars. Path-
finder is the first solar-powered spacecraft to
visit the surface of Mars, and monitoring the
performance of its solar arrays is an important
building block toward more ambitious mis-
sions to Mars." The postage-stamp-sized exper-
iment Geoffrey designed measures how much
dust deposits on the solar array of the Sojourner
rover. Geoffrey can be reached at geoffrey.a.
email@example.com.His Web site is http://
Nancy Nenno '87 Ph.D. (see Claudia
Nenno Trombly '88).
Lowell Bowditch '89 A.M., '92 Ph.D.
(see Gordon Sayre '88).
William N.Tilchin '92 Ph.D. published
Theodore Roosevelt and the British Empire:
A Study in Presidential Statecraft (St. Martins).
William is an assistant professor of social
science in the College of General Studies at
Boston University In addition to this book,
he is the author of numerous published essays
on the foreign policy of Theodore Roosevelt
and related topics. William is married with
two children and lives in Pawtucket, R.I.
Edwidge Danticat '93 M.F.A. (see
Andrea Estepa '80).
IN THE NEWS
Silver Lining: Scranton (Pa.) Times colum-
nist Ken Stammen devoted his September
28 column to Joel Naroff 72 A.M., '75
Ph.D., a Philadelphia-based economist and
bank vice president considered to be a
"sought-after expert." Naroff visited Scran-
ton to share his views on the future of the
national and local economies. He said
Scranton's "relatively high unemployment
creates an opportunity [to] sell the labor
force" by attracting companies and jobs.
Tuija Rankama '96 Ph.D. and Jarmo
Kankaanpaa '96 Ph.D. married in August
after returning home to Finland in June.
Since graduation they have been employed in
various short-term positions; among other
things, Tuija was a professor of archaeology at
the University of Helsinki for three months.
Jarmo has completed several translation jobs
and is doing CRM-project work for the
National Board of Antiquities. They would
like to get in touch with Kimmo Tammela
'92 and other Brown alumni/alumnae in Fin-
land, perhaps to form a Finnish Brown Club.
They can be reached at Kimmeltie 26 C 27,
FIN-02110 Espoo. Finland; 09-455 0026;
firstname.lastname@example.org; or jarmo.kankaan
Alan Cole '76 (see Harriet Hanzel Cole
Eli Avila '86 (see Tom Kong '81).
Steve Torms '89 (see '86).
Debbie Benoit Harris '90 (see Claudia
Nenno Trombly '88).
Victor Caraballo '91 (see Jennifer
Lumelleau Caraballo '90).
Claudia Nenno Trombly '92 (see '88).
Stina Wedlock '93 (see Eldon D. Wed-
lock Jr. '64).
Jay Zaslow '93 MD. (see Samantha
Gregson Pigott '94 (see '90).
Phyllidia Ku '97 (see '93).
Bill Ruth '97 (see Phyllidia Ku '93)
Marguerite Mathews 15 A.M., Providence:
Aug. 19. A former teacher at Central High
School in Providence, she was the oldest mem-
ber of Central Congregational Church. She is
survived by a niece and two nephews.
Agnes A. Davitt '21. West Chester. Pa.; Aug.
1. She was a retired librarian for the Newark,
N.J., public schools.
James K. Yager '22, Oneonta, N.Y; 1986.
Myrtle Hodgkins Coe '24, Bloommgton,
Minn.; Sept. 27. She trained in the Army School
of Nursing in Washington, DC, and in 1932
became an instructor in physiology at the
University of Minnesota Nursing School. The
author of three textbooks, she was believed to
be the first instructor of bedside nursing in
the United States. During World War II, she
taught basic sciences to nurses in Minneapolis
hospitals. She was president of the Minnesota
Nursing Association from 1948 to 1952 and the
first vice president of the American Nurses
Association. She is survived by her husband,
John Coe, 8106 Highwood Dr., #Y204,
Bloomington 55438; and a nephew, Joseph B.
Munro Jr. '52.
Gustave Freeman '29, Palo Alto, Calif; Sept.
16. A pathologist and former director of the
department of medical sciences at Stanford
Research Institute International, he used animals
to show how chronic exposure to low levels
of air pollutants can harm the lungs. He was .1
consultant with the Environmental Protection
Agency, which used his research to set air pol-
lution standards. He taught at Yale, the Univer-
sity of Chicago, and the California Institute of
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZINE • 77
Technology and was a researcher at the Army
Chemical Center in Washington and the
National Cancer Institute. He is survived by
two sons, including Robin '66; and a daughter.
Irene D. Carlin "24, '30 A.M., Pawtucket,
R.I.; Sept. 20. She was a librarian and English
teacher at Tolman High School in Pawtucket
for torty-five years before retiring in 1969.
She also taught at Cranston (R.I.) High School;
West High School, Pawtucket; and the Ameri-
can School in Heidelberg, Germany.
J.Winford Nagle Jr. '26, Providence; Aug. 11.
He was an export manager at Gorham Corp.
before retiring in 1972. He served as class trea-
surer and editor ot the class newsletter for many
years. He is survived by his wife, Emily, 15
Rumstick Dr., Barnngton, R.I. 02S06; a daugh-
ter, Shirley Nagle Holmes si; a son, James
HI '54; and six grandchildren, including Kristin
Holmes-Lender '76, Holly E. Holmes '77,
and Marnie Holmes Carmichael '79.
Robert Smith '27. Lenox, Mass.; Aug. 4. The
author of numerous books about sports,
including Baseball, Heroes oj Baseball, Baseball in
America, and Babe Rutli s America, he was also a
novelist whose works included Hold 011 the
Liikc, The Human Image, and My Life in the
North Ii;>i>i/>. In [967 he collaborated with
Matthew Ridgway on the general's memoir.
The Korean War. He is survived by his wife,
Jean, General Delivery, Lenox 01240; two
daughters; and two sons.
Gertrude Rosenhirsch Zisson '30, Narra-
gansett, R.I.; Sept. 10. She was the retired vice
president of the Rosenhirsch Foundation.
Survivors include two sons, Harry '61 and
William '63; a grandson. H. Alex '91; a
nephew, James '74; and a niece, Gloria
Rosenhirsch Wallick '53.
Robert W.Young '31, Marietta, Ga.; July 31.
He was a systems analyst at the Hmdley Man-
ufacturing Co. in Cumberland, R.I., for thirty
years before retiring in 1974. He is survived by
his wife. Roselyn. S01 Bonnie Glen Dr.,
Marietta 30067; and four sons.
Melvin M. Dichter 32,Vero Beach, Fla.,
April 30. He was a retired lawyer for Brennan,
Dichter & Brennan. A U.S. Navy veteran, he
was ,1 former Connecticut state representative
and a board member of Ring's End Inc. and
Union Trust Co. Survivors include his wife,
Sallie, 965 Lantern Ln.,Vero Beach 32963.
Louis Macktaz '32, Lincoln. R.L; Sept. 14.
He was a Woonsocket Probate Court judge
and a founding partner of the Woonsocket
law firm Macktaz, Keefer c\ Kirby. I le was a
U.S.Army veteran of World War II. He is sur-
vived by Ins wile. Het to. 19'' did River Rd..
#314, Lincoln 02865; a son; and a daughter.
Eleanor Peabody Rupprecht '3 i. Westerly.
R.I.; Aug. [2. She was 1 former Barrington
schoolteacher. She is survived by a son, Carl,
P.O. Box 1116, Hope Valley, R.I. 02832; and a
Leonard S. Taber '33, East Providence. R.I. ;
Aug. 27. He was a retired electrical engineer
for the Fall River Electric Co. He is survived
by two sons.
Mary Carr Boylan '34, East Greenwich, R.I.;
Aug. 11. She was a science teacher in North
Kingstown, R.I., schools for twenty years
before retiring in 1974. She was also the founder
and operator ot the former Bayview Pre-School
in East Greenwich, the summer recreation
coordinator of the North Kingstown School
Department, and a teacher with Head Start in
Providence. She is survived by two sons and
tour daughters, including Barbara A. Wiechers,
232 Bayview Ave., East Greenwich 02818.
Eugene W. Davis '34, Terrace Park, Ohio;
Aug. 17. He was self-employed as a real estate
broker. Survivors include his wife. Winifred,
212 Oxford Ave. , Terrace Park 45174; and two
Winslow A. Robbins '34, Houston; Sept. 7.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran ofWorldWar II,
he was a retired partner in the Boston law
firm ofWarner & Stackpole. where he special-
ized in estate and trust law. He is survived by a
son, Winslow Robbins Jr. '63,758 Elsinore
Dr., Solvang, Calif. 93463; and a daughter,
Juliet Robbins Lisle '76.
Miriam Hallen Johnson '35. Chatham.
Mass.; Aug. 29. She is survived by a son and
Elmer Rigelhaupt '35, Sarasota. Fla.; Sept.
22. He was an executive in his family's retail
shoe business before retiring in 1966. A U. S.
Army veteran ofWorld War II. he taught Amer-
ican studies at the Brooks School in Lincoln,
Mass. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor
Scheft Rigelhaupt '42,7350 Royal Birkdale
Dr., Sarasota 34238; and two daughters, includ-
ing Barbara Rigelhaupt Fetner '65.
Harold F. Bright '36, Davenport, Iowa; June
12. He was vice president for academic affairs
at George Washington University. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Frances, 4132 Northwest
Blvd., #102. Davenport 52806.
Arthur I. Saklad '37, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.;
Aug. 26. He was a retired executive vice presi-
dent of Ben Elfinan and Son Inc. 111 Boston.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, 4300 N.
Ocean Blvd.. Fort Lauderdale 33308; a daugh-
ter: and a cousin. Sarah '28.
Earle E.TiltonJr. '38. Warwick, R.L; Sept.
18. He was a hydraulic-hose assembler at H.H.
Watson Co. 111 Last Providence for ten years
before retiring 111 1986. He is survived by two
sons, including Dixon, 281 Wolf Rock Rd.,
Exeter. R.I. 02822.
Donald D. D'Antuono '39, North Smith-
field, R.L; Aug. 31. He was a district manager
of business service for New England Telephone
tor forty years, retiring in 1979. In World War
II, he served with the U.S.Army Signal Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Cooney
D'Antuono '46, S09 Pound Hill Rd., North
Smithfield 02896; two sons, including Donald
'72; and two daughters, including Nancy '71.
Henry A. Klie '40. Bloomfield, N.J.; Aug. 6.
He was president of Henry Klie Inc., an insur-
ance firm in Jersey City, N.J., founded by his
father in 1910.A captain in the U.S.Army Sig-
nal Corps during World War II, he was active
in civic affairs in Jersey City. While at Brown,
he was president of Delta Tau Delta. Survivors
include his wife, Hester, 39 Hyde Rd., Bloom-
field 07003; a brother, Robert '44; three daugh-
ters; and a son.
Stewart B.Ashton '41, Greenville, R.L; Sept.
14. He was a former president of Private Brand
Blades Inc. in North Providence and a general
manager of CI. Hayes Inc. in Cranston. He
was also an engineer and project manager for
Eversharp-Schick in Connecticut and a tool
designer for the Taft-Pierce Co. in Providence.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, 9 Maple-
crest Dr., Greenville 02S28; and a daughter.
George B. Corcoran '41. Suffield, Conn.;
Aug. 28. A retired ophthalmologist, he was an
assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at
Yale University; chief of surgery and chairman
of ophthalmology at Mercy Hospital; on the
staff at Wesson Memorial Hospital, Providence
Hospital, and Bay State Medical Center; and a
consultant in ophthalmology for several hos-
pitals. He was in private practice in Spring-
field. Mass.. at the time of his retirement in
1987. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, Box
60S, Suffield 0607S; five daughters; two sons;
two stepdaughters; and two stepsons.
Paul W. Benson '42, Riverside, R.L; Sept. 4.
He was the University locksmith at Brown for
forty-five years until retiring in 1977. In World
War II. he served in the U.S. Air Force and
participated in the invasions of Sicily and
Normandy. He received the Presidential Unit
Citation ribbon and the European-African-
Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with five
Bronze Stars. He is survived by his wife, Char-
lotte Morse Benson '36, so Burnside Ave.,
Riverside 02915; two sons, including Freder-
ick '65; and four daughters, including Nancy
Benson Mari '71.
George P. Delaney '43, Burnllville, R.L;
Sept. 28. A U.S. Navy veteran ofWorld War II,
he was a traffic engineer at New England
Telephone & Telegraph, retiring in 1982. He is
survived by a son and a daughter.
Donald R. Parker '44, Ambergris Caye,
Belize; |ulv 2S. He was an industrial engineer
who specialized 111 the manufacture ot non-
woven fabrics. After serving in the U.S. Navy
I A N U A m II B R I A It V I 9 ') 8
during World War II, he joined Chicopee
Manufacturing Corp., a division of Johnson £V
Johnson, in Bensenville, 111. He later worked
for Chicopee in Providence before moving to
Indianapolis to join Commercial Filters Corp.
Prior to relocating to Belize in 1996, he served
as a consultant for the nonwoven fabrics indus-
try. His survivors include a daughter, Jarrett
Parker Kroll, 333 E. 30th St., New York, N.Y.
10016; a son; and a grandson, Charles Kroll '00.
Rodney A. Hanks '45. Honolulu, Hawaii;
Aug. 24. He was a retired manager ot tariff
training for Western Airlines.
Ralph C. Monroe '45, Southbridge, Mass.;
1996. A retired internist, he was a veteran of
World War II. In retirement he served as a
consultant in occupational medicine at Amer-
ican Optical Corp., medical director of
Mutual Alliance Plan, and director ot medical
education at Harrington Memorial Hospital
in Southbridge. He is survived by his wife,
Catherine, 35 Pine Ridge Rd., Southbridge
01550; three sons; and a daughter.
Walter J. Miller '45. Bristol, R.I.;Aug. 30.
He was employed by the former Fulflex Inc.
for many years before retiring in 1974. He was
a U.S. Army veteran ofWorld War II. He is
survived by a son and two daughters.
Robert H.Wehrman '4S, Fountain Valley,
Calif.; May 31. He was a retired sales manager
at Industrial Power Transmission. Survivors
include his wife, Betty. 16755 Silktree St.,
Fountain Valley 92708; a son, Robert Jr. '69;
and a daughter.
Joseph D. Accardi '49, Sarasota, Fla.; April
17. He was a retired lawyer. He is survived by
his wife, 6241 Timberlake Dr., #D-2, Sarasota
Francis W. Dana Jr. '49, Huntington, Conn.;
July 16. A retired stockbroker forjanney Mont-
gomery Scott in Bridgeport, Conn., he was
also director of admissions at the University of
Bridgeport; Bloomfield College, Bloomfield,
N.J.; Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y.;
and Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. He
served in the U.S. Air Force for five years and
attained the rank of first lieutenant. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Alice Forstall Dana '48,
23 Ripton Rd., Huntington 06484; a daughter;
and two sons.
Leonard Seader '49, Manchester, Conn.;
Aug. 30. A U.S. Army veteran ofWorldWar II.
he served as executive vice president of First
Hartford Realty Corp. He was head of the
Manchester Board of Education for twelve
years and a founder of Manchester Community
College. He also worked on the presidential
election team of Robert Kennedy and was
appointed to Lady Bird Johnson's Urban
Renewal Task Force. He is survived by his
wife, Ellen, 114 Richmond Dr., Manchester
06040; two daughters; and a son.
Edgar B. Cutter '50, Roanoke, Va.; Sept. 3.
He was a retired urologist. He is survived by
his wife, Patricia Nutter Cutter '52, 3173
Stonendge Rd., S.W, Roanoke 24014.
George A. Eckert Jr. '50, Los Angeles; May
10. A colonel in the U.S. Army, he was
awarded the Legion of Merit in 1980 after
thirty-six years of active and reserve service. A
stage director for Grand Concourse Produc-
tions in Beverly Hills, California, he worked
on the original productions of West Side Story
and Damn Yankees, and served as Gene Kelly's
assistant for A Guide to (he Married Man and
C. Glenn Flanders Jr. '50, Windsor Locks,
Conn.; Aug. 27. He operated the Brett-Flanders
Insurance Agency for thirty years and served
as chairman of the Windsor Locks Board of
Education. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II. Survivors include his wife,
Dorothy, 52 Church St. .Windsor Locks 06096;
three brothers. Urban '49, Samuel '50, and
John '53; a sister; three sons, mcludingjohn
'79; and a daughter, Catherine '91.
Wallace F. Holbrook '50, West Hartford,
Conn.; Aug. 4. A retired foreign service officer
for the U.S. Department of State, he served 111
Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as in the United
States. After retiring from foreign service in
1982, he worked for the Connecticut Economic
Development Department's international
division as an export adviser. He is survived
by his wife, Sonja, 1199 Farmington Ave., West
Hartford 06107; an d a son.
Howard G. Hunt Jr. '50, Chicago; April 15.
A former manager at Paine Webber in New-
port News.Va., he also worked as a branch
manager at ICE Inc. He is survived by a brother,
Andrew '51, 8 Cooke St., Providence 02906.
at the Sun Oil Co. for thirty-three years. When
he retired in 1984, he was head of the Gov-
ernment Liaison Office. He is survived by his
wife, Pauline, 66 Chestnut Valley Dr., Doyles-
town 18901; a daughter; and three sons.
William F.Viviani '51 A.M., Pawtucket, R.I.;
Aug. 20. He was a professor of Spanish at Prov-
idence College for twenty-two years until
retiring in 1978. A U.S. Army veteran ofWorld
War II, he served in Europe with the Office
of Strategic Services. He is survived by three
nieces and two nephews.
Peter M. Beattie "52, Tiverton, R.I. ; Aug. 17.
A U.S. Navy veteran ofWorld War II, he was a
sales manager for Acushnet Processing Co. in
New Bedford, Mass., for twenty years before
retiring in 1988. He is survived by a son and
J. Robert Annino '54, Captree Island, N.Y;
Sept. 10, 1996. He was an attorney.
Sandra Solomon Gerson '56,Tarrytown,
N.Y; Aug. 3, of complications from lung can-
cer. A former associate advertising director
and hospital services social worker, she most
recently was involved in market research for
the consumer electronics industry. She worked
for TWICE (Tliis Week in Consumer Electron-
ics), a trade publication edited by her husband,
Robert. She is survived by her husband, 36
Birch Way, Tarrytown 10591 ; and a son.
Edward Artinian '57, Chatham, N.J.; Sept. 7.
The founder and owner ot the college text-
book firm Chatham House Publishers Inc., he
was also a well-known publisher in the field
of political science. He had been an editor for
Dodd Mead and David McKay publishers in
New York City and was a member of the
American Political Science Association. He is
survived by his wife, Patricia, 5 Highland Ave.,
Samuel J. Kozak '58 Sc.M., Lexington, Va.;
July 2. He was a geology professor at Washing-
ton and Lee University. He is survived by his
wife, Julia, P.O. Box 1230, Lexington 24450.
Ann Beale '60, Lemoyne, Pa.; Aug. 13. A
freelance editor and writer, she was managing
editor of British Heritage magazine in the
1980s. She is survived by her companion, Matt
Kuhn, 225 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne 17043.
Thomas M. Maines '49, Richmond, R. I.;
Sept. 16. A U.S. Army veteran ofWorld War II,
he was a music instructor at South Kingstown
(R.I.) High School. He is survived by a sister
and a brother.
Eugene P. Meekly '49. Fletcher, N.C.;June
20, of cancer. A sergeant in a MASH unit dur-
ing the Korean War. he was .1 retired librarian
and technical information officer for Koppers
Co. in Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife,
15 Westfield Rd.. Fletcher 28732.
Wilbert O.Jacob Jr. '50, Stratford, Conn.;
Feb. 14. 1996. He was head proofreader at
Alphabet Soup Inc. in Bridgeport, Conn. After
retiring in 1991, he served as co-chair of the
Federal Labor-Management Collaboration
Program in Bridgeport and as a member of
the Stratford Waterfront and Harbor Manage-
ment Commission. He is survived by a daugh-
ter, Barbara, 157 RyegatcTer., Stratford 06497.
Richard P. Clark si , I )oylestown. Pa.; Aug.
1 1. A Naval veteran ofWorld War II. he worked
Marvin M. Crutchfield '60 Ph.D., St. Louis,
Mo., Nov. 22, 1996. A chemist for more than
thirty years, he retired in 1991 from Monsanto
Industrial Chemical Co., where he was a
senior research fellow in the inorganic chemi-
cal division. He is survived by his wife,
Dorothy, 1529 Cerulean Dr., St. Louis 63146;
and two sons.
Juan G. Rodriguez '74, Eagle Pass, Tex.: [an.
12, 1992. Survivors include his mother,
Clementina, 2S5 Trinity. Eagle Pass 78S52. 0^>
BROWN ALUMNI MAGAZ1NL ♦ 79
BY [OCELYN HALE ' 8 5
I finally got caller ID, the nifty tele-
phone feature that tells you who is
calling and from what number. Right
away I pledged to refrain from picking up
the phone and saying "Hi, Dad!" when
my father calls. This widespread practice
invariably startles the caller and begins
conversations on an awkward note.
Besides, my husband and I made a pact to
keep our caller ID secret, so our family
won't know we're screening their calls.
The reason we decided to get caller
11) was simple: we wanted to avoid tele-
marketers during the dinner hour. The
appeal is something like that of having an
ultrasound test to find out the sex of your
baby. I like to be prepared. I had no
inkling, however, that getting caller ID
would bring me t'.\ce to face with so
many ethical and practical dilemmas.
Often we get calls for Gamblers
Anonymous, whose number is one digit
off from ours. The other night, when one
of these callers misdialed and reached us.
her name showed on our machine. After
"Jan" hung up, it occurred to me that I
could call her back and give her the right
number for Gamblers Anonymous. As I
vi. ill. ued between my desire to help and
my squeannshness about invading Jan's
privacy, she misdialed again, and 1 was
able to set her straight without intruding,
lint I felt terrible. Here was this poor
woman seeking anonymous help, yet I
immediately had learned her name and
number. What it 1 actually knew her?
The next dilemma presented by caller
ID involved an elusive repairman. The
computer I'd just bought had arrived bro-
ken. The company promised to dispatch a
technician. Over the course of the next
several days, the repair guy left messages
on our answering machine: "This is Steve
from your computer company. Sorry I
missed you; I'll call back." He never left a
number where I could reach him, and
since he was calling from his cell phone,
no number showed on caller ID. I became
chained to the house in my desperation
to get the computer fixed.
Finally Steve gave himself away. He
called late one afternoon from his home
phone, leaving no return number. But his
name and number showed up on callei
II). so I phoned him at home. Steve wasn't
pleased that I'd found him. but he came
to our house at 8:30 the next morning
and repaired the computer.
No sooner had I resolved the com-
puter crisis than we got a wrong-number
call with a twist. It was the sort of call that
wouldn't have given me pause in the days
before caller ID. A man asked for Larry
Johnson. "Wrong number," I responded,
and hung up. End of story. But then I
noticed that our caller ID was saying the
call was from Larry Johnson. Why would
Larry Johnson telephone and ask for him-
self? Was he a crank caller? My sister
finally came up with a plausible explana-
tion: a workman at Larry Johnson's house
was trying to reach him at his office. For
all I know, Larry may work at Gamblers
Caller ID, I imagine, has taken some of
the ease out of dating. Back in the days
when I was single and there was no caller
ID, I sometimes used my phone to
research potential dates. For instance, it I
met an appealing man, I might look up
his number and call his machine to see
whether the message said "I'm not home"
or "We're not home." With caller ID, I
would have had to go undercover — slink-
ing around to use a cell phone, a pay
phone, or a blocked number. It might
have been more exciting, but it certainly
would have been inconvenient.
A friend just bought an advanced fea-
ture that allows you to program in the
names ot your most frequent callers.
When the phone rings, an automated
voice tells you who's calling. Say it's your
mom; the ID box intones "MOM." I
worry that the next generation of soft-
ware will develop opinions and start to
nag: "It's MOM calling; you should really
take her call this time." Instant guilt.
Have we lost something with all this
advance warning? lust as an ultrasound
takes away that sweet moment in the
delivery room when the obstetrician
announces "It's a boy," caller ID steals the
surprise of being greeted by an old friend
on the line. Soon everyone will wise up
and start blocking their numbers, and all
phone communication will be impossible.
It's only a matter of time before we resort
to jotting messages on pretty sheets of
notepaper and popping them 111 the mail.
Jocelyn Hale oj Minneapolis is monitoring calls
from home with the kids.
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